Gail Simmons, Rick Moonen, Hubert Keller, Top Chef: All-Stars Party in Vegas

Rick Moonen, Gail Simmons and Hosea Rosenberg
The eyes of the culinary world were focused on Vdara Hotel & Spa the night of November 5, 2010 as the luxury hotel hosted the kick-off event for the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend (Pictured above: Rick Moonen, Gail Simmons and Hosea Rosenberg – Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wireimage)

Featuring Top Chef judge and Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons, the night celebrated culinary genius as some of the world’s greatest chefs gathered at CityCenter, Vegas’ newest and most inspiring new hotel and casino development.

Rick Moonen, Gail Simmons and Hubert Keller
Rick Moonen, Gail Simmons and Hubert Keller

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The night started off with a red carpet to remember. Gail Simmons, recently named one of the top 25 most fashionable New Yorkers by US Weekly, led the charge, wearing a glamorous purple dress and gray stilettos. She was soon joined on the carpet by FOOD & WINE writer Anthony Giglio and FOOD & WINE’s Best New Chef of 2009 Vinny Dotolo. The trio posed for pictures while talking about, you guessed it, food.

Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain and Julian Serrano
Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain and Julian Serrano

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A crowd began to gather around the carpet and camera flashes erupted as Top Chef Masters contestants Hubert Keller and Rick Moonen were joined by Top Chef contestants Stephen Hopcraft, Hosea Rosenberg, Fabio Viviani, Carla Hall and Jennifer Carroll. Like a high school reunion, the group shared hugs and handshakes while laughing and joking around.

Fabio Viviani and Jennifer Carroll
Fabio Viviani and Jennifer Carroll

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The last group to hit the carpet was the prestigious chefs of CityCenter and Bellagio, including Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain, Julian Serrano, Jean-Philippe Maury, Martin Heierling, and Brian Massie, among others. The group, clad in their chef’s whites (or chef’s grays, in the case of Heierling), were a lineup of the who’s-who of culinary stars as they posed for pictures with one another.

Top Chef and Top Chef Masters judge and cheftestants
Top Chef and Top Chef Masters judge and cheftestants

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After the carpet ended, the party began as the chefs and celebrities made their way into Bar Vdara, the chic new indoor/outdoor lounge. Once inside, the chefs mingled with the excited guests and posed for pictures with their adoring fans. Heierling went to work as he prepared the food and beverages for the evening’s festivities while Gail Simmons took to the microphone to say a few words, thanking both CityCenter and FOOD & WINE for the great event.

Vegas chefs
Vegas chefs

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The night at Vdara Hotel & Spa came to an end as many of the chefs left to participate in Deuce After Dark, an event where the chefs competed in blackjack tournaments with eager guests.

Saturday will be another activity-filled day as the chefs have the Luxe Lunch at Tuscany Kitchen in Bellagio at 12 p.m. followed by the Cocktail Seminar at Café Vettro in ARIA Resort & Casino at 4:30 p.m. and then the All-Star Tasting at the pool at ARIA at 8 p.m.

Gail Simmons, Jennifer Carroll and Fabio Viviani at blackjack table
Gail Simmons, Jennifer Carroll and Fabio Viviani at blackjack table

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Rick Moonen plays blackjack
Rick Moonen plays blackjack

Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wireimage.