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September 8, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas 0 Comments

What’s your idea of a great job in the culinary arts? How about a professional chef in a casino? Think about it ... the bright lights, the high rollers, the tourists, the fun and excitement—and you responsible for keeping everyone happily fed. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

And if you’re looking for the best, most exciting place to become a professional chef at a casino, then look no further than Las Vegas, NV, the “City of Lights.” Las Vegas casinos are home to top notch entertainment, sporting events, luxurious salons and spas, high-stakes gaming, and world class restaurants. The casinos and resorts are more like self-contained theme parks than resorts. Each makes a unique contribution to the nightlife and skyline of the Las Vegas Strip.

But all of these resorts and casinos have one thing a common: a need for new employees to staff the variety of culinary positions they have available.

Cooking in Nevada Opens Many Doors

The possibilities for an exciting career at a casino have lured many culinary students and chefs from around the world to Las Vegas’ incredible casinos and resort hotels. Many resorts and casinos have restaurants owned and operated by some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Todd English, and Charlie Palmer, among many other culinary stars.

Some of Las Vegas’ famous casino restaurants include:

Super chef Alessandro Stratta serves his high-end French Riviera cuisine to well-heeled high rollers at this beautiful dining room. This Michelin rated restaurant features foie gras ravioli in a truffle bouillon with duck confit salad and wild turbot with salsifis, black truffles, almonds, and a red wine sauce.

Michael Mina
At Michael Mina, contemporary seafood is served in a sleek and elegant setting, resulting in a truly exquisite dining experience. Chef Michael Mina’s cuisine offers a refreshing departure from the ordinary, with his signature pairings of delicate fish with rich, enticing ingredients.

Pearl translates traditional Chinese dining with Vegas-style extravagance for delicious results. Executive Chef Kai-Wa Yau transforms familiar staples like Kung Pao Chicken and Dungeness Crab Spring Rolls with skillful sophistication and high quality ingredients, including a staggering selection of live, fresh fish and seafood.

If you enjoy using your talents and skills to create unforgettable culinary experiences, then a job cooking at a casino may be perfect for you. After all, there are only two reasons to go to casinos: to be a big shot and revel in the finest entertainment experiences available or to pretend that you are—even for just one night. The high rollers and wannabes share the same desires to be entertained and take away lasting memories. Professional chefs at a casino play a big part in creating those unforgettable experiences for all guests.

Las Vegas Food Service Students Ready, Willing, and Able

There are many great cooking schools that can help prepare students for jobs at the many hotels, resorts, restaurants, conference centers, and casinos throughout Las Vegas. They can prepare you to meet the dining expectations of guests at these highly demanding and highly sophisticated entertainment venues.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas offers Le Cordon Bleu culinary education classes and culinary training programs in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Las-Vegas for more information.

The jobs mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas does not guarantee employment or salary.


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