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Many of the restaurants at both The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip joined in on the holiday fun of the 2012 Winter in Venice festival.
The biggest foodie fun, however, took place when the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotels’ chefs competed to become the winner of the first-ever Venetian Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition. This late-night cook-off ran from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Nov. 29 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21, and was open to all sous-chefs and chefs de cuisine at the 30-plus restaurants inside both hotels, including chefs from SUSHISAMBA, Table 10, FIRST Food & Bar, Delmonico Steakhouse and others.
These chefs stepped up to create the perfect dish from mystery ingredients given to them in mobile food-truck kitchens located at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace. The best part? The food they prepared was available for sale to the public.
Celebrity chefs headed the judging: Emeril Lagasse on Nov. 29, Mario Batali on Dec. 7 and Sammy DeMarco on Dec. 14. And chef Daniel Boulud and actor Gilles Marini judged the finals on Dec. 21.
Meanwhile, a Winter in Venice cocktail menu of holiday-inspired, spiced drinks was served throughout the resorts’ bars and lounges. Holiday menus and specials were also offered at select restaurants including AquaKnox, Bouchon, Canaletto and LAVO, among others.