Who is the chef at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire and what is his background?

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Legendary French chef Pierre Gagnaire is at the helm of Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, located inside Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. This upscale Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant is Gagnaire’s second pairing with the Hong Kong-based hotel brand (his acclaimed Pierre restaurant is the premier dining room at Mandarin Oriental’s flagship Hong Kong hotel). Hailing from a family of restaurateurs, Gagnaire made a name for himself with his first restaurant, St. Etienne, which he opened to acclaim in Paris in 1981. He has since gone on to preside over an empire of restaurants around the goal where he practices a unique approach to traditional French cooking.

Frédéric Don is the chef de cuisine at Twist, and he acts as the on-the-scene translator of many of Gagnaire’s best culinary ideas. Recently joining the team in summer 2015, Don brings his experience of fine dining from working at another Pierre Gagnaire restuarant, The Gallery at Sketch in London where he was head chef since 2013. Chef Don began his culinary education in 2000 at Les Petites Bruyeres a St. Chamond and later trained as an apprentice at Restaurant Pierre Orsi in Lyon, France. He then joined the restaurant Flocon de Sel in 2008, where he served as sous chef and helped the restaurant recieve many awards. 

At Twist, Don collaborates with Gagnaire to take diners on a culinary journey and exploration using surprising ingredient combinations and techniques to break down the expectations of even the most seasoned gourmet. 

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