Opening Act

Triple Threat

Photo Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Photo Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Chef Gordon Ramsay didn’t just arrive in Las Vegas; he invaded. In less than a year, the star chef opened three eateries on the Strip. His upscale Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas was followed by Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace—which serves traditional British fare—and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, an energetic burger and hot-dog joint.

“Las Vegas is a vibrant, amazing city—a worldwide travel destination,” the fiery Hell’s Kitchen chef says. “It used to be the capital of buffets, but now top chefs are opening up restaurants, and it’s become a culinary hot spot.”

Here, Ramsay reveals his perfect pint, what he eats at home (it’ll surprise you), and whom he’d invite to a dinner party.

Tell us about the burgers at BurGR. All the burgers are made with a unique blend of three high-choice beef cuts—short rib, brisket and chuck—and are Devonshire butter-basted to add richness. They’re prepared on an open-flame, wood-burning grill. The fire is fueled with alder wood, known for its distinct but lighter balanced smokiness, and applewood to provide fruity notes. [The burgers] are topped with a brioche bun made fresh daily.

Pub & Grill offers a wide range of beers. What’s your favorite? I enjoy Innis & Gunn. It’s a great beer from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pairing craft beers with food is becoming more commonplace. What’s your recommendation? We’ve carefully selected menu items that pair well with the various types of beer we offer. I like Innis & Gunn with duck confit poutine or braised pork belly.

What’s your go-to comfort food at home? Believe it or not, I love peanut-butter sandwiches or beans on toast. Sometimes simple is best.

What three people would you invite to a dinner party? I would love to have Denzel Washington: He makes great films, very cool. Also, Bill Clinton, as any U.S. president must have lots of interesting stories to tell; he is extremely charismatic and I’m sure fascinating. And Tina Fey: I really loved her hosting the [Golden] Globes—she is one of the funniest ladies.

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