Photos courtesy of Brenton Ho from Kabik Photo Group
Gordon Ramsay runs five restaurants in Las Vegas, all in Caesars Entertainment resorts and two at Caesars Palace.
Not one of them is a drive-thru or serves fast food.
But Ramsay’s made a swift delivery along the red carpet at Friday night’s flame-infused opening of Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars, where Serendipity once stood.
Ramsay, an ex-soccer prospect in Scotland before a knee injury sidelined his athletic career, is still in top shape and fired up about his new restaurant. Ramsay’s place is open and spacious, with a crowd of 350 easily moving around at Friday’s party. Culinary highlights in two words: Beef Wellington. And three more: Sticky toffee pudding.
A snapshot of our give-and-take during the opening wingding:
What do you appreciate most about Las Vegas right now?
“Right now, I would say the amazing T-Mobile Arena and that Golden Knights hockey team. How great are they? Come on. Amazing.”
You have always appreciated athletes, haven’t you?
“I think the grounding you need, being disciplined enough to be a professional athlete, can transfer to the kitchen. I still say that, although the last time I played soccer, someone said, ‘The calendar turns quicker.’ That’s not nice!”
Is it hard to concentrate on the food when you’re in the middle of all this whoop-de-do?
“No. My focus, always, is what’s most important, and that’s what’s on the plate. Our customers answer with their feet. We need to make sure they continue to walk in.”