Show 258, January 27, 2018: Chef Michael Stamm, MGP Specialty Food, Cured & Whey, Las Vegas Part One

Michael StammIf you’re in the gourmet specialty food business Las Vegas is the land of opportunity. There are multiple high-end fine-dining restaurants located on The Strip as well as in the affluent suburbs of Summerlin and Henderson. A great local success story is Chef Michael Stamm of MGP Specialty Food. “Specialty Products for the Gourmand.”

Chef Michael also operates Cured & Whey, an unusual retail gourmet specialty food store and deli.

He brings out imported cheese and foie gras especially for us.

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Show 258, January 27, 2018: Chef Michael Stamm, MGP Specialty Food, Cured & Whey, Las Vegas Part Two

Michael StammIf you’re in the gourmet specialty food business Las Vegas is the land of opportunity. There are multiple high-end fine-dining restaurants located on The Strip as well as in the affluent suburbs of Summerlin and Henderson. A great local success story is Chef Michael Stamm of MGP Specialty Food. “Specialty Products for the Gourmand.”

Chef Michael also operates the new Cured & Whey, an unusual retail gourmet specialty food store and deli.

Chef and owner, Michael Stamm, began Michael’s Gourmet Pantry in 1999. Since that time, the business has grown to become the ultimate source for gourmet ingredients, servicing Las Vegas’s premier restaurants and the individual gourmand.

“It takes a lot of care and integrity to procure just the right products and deliver above and beyond what our customers need and want,” said Chef Michael. Chef Michael’s philosophy is indeed a reflection of his commitment to quality and the extraordinaire. He shares his manufacturers’ passion for excellence and takes great pride in the products and manufactures he personally selects to represent.

We continue our conversation with Chef Michael.

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Show 101, December 13, 2014: Chef Vic Vegas and “Late Night Chef Fight”

Vic VegasChef Vic Vegas last joined us to discuss his new restaurant in Henderson, NV, Café V.

He’s now hosting (along with Laila Ali) “Late Nite Chef Fight” on FYI on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. Based on the real after hours’ chef competition (originally created by local culinary personality Jolenne Mannina) that takes place in Las Vegas, each episode of “Late Nite Chef Fight” has two leading, Vegas-based chefs competing against each other in a food truck they have never stepped foot inside before.

Using a diverse and exotic range of unfamiliar ingredients left behind in the food trucks, the chefs create three unique dishes in three fast-paced rounds.

For each finale the dishes are judged by two rotating celebrity chef judges. In addition, Jolenne Mannina leads a panel of two regular folks. Their consensus on the two competing dishes gets a full vote in the final decision of the winning chef.

Vic Vegas, a self-taught restaurant chef, worked his way up the culinary ladder from dishwasher to Executive Chef at several Las Vegas hotels including Rumor, Hard Rock Hotel and The Sahara House of Lords to mention just a few.

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Show 101, December 13, 2014: Mercadito Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas

Patricio SandovalA festive new taco is coming to Mercadito at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas as part of Mercadito Hospitality’s national Tacos for Strength Campaign. This December, Mercadito will feature a winter-inspired taco created by James Beard Award finalist and Michelin Star award-winning chef Paul Virant of Vie and Perennial Virant in Chicago. A portion of the proceeds will go to Share Our Strength.

Mercadito at Red Rock Resort opened with great anticipation among locals mid-summer. Drawing from culinary experiences in Mexican Markets, Mercadito features a wide variety of creative tacos made with handmade corn masa tortillas, guacamoles, refreshing ceviche and classic dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos.

Mercadito Hospitality (now based in Chicago) started with their first restaurant (Mercadito) in New York in 2004. A second Las Vegas area Mercadito is slated to open in 2015 in Henderson at The Green Valley Ranch Resort.

Executive Chef & Owner Patricio Sandoval (born in Acapulco) is our guest.

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Show 28, May 11, 2013: Chef Vic Vegas, chef/proprietor of Vic’s restaurant in Anthem, NV, a suburb of Henderson

Vic VegasIf you saw Season 5 of Food Network’s “Food Network Star” then you surely know Chef Vic Vegas. You’d think he was a native of Brooklyn but it was actually Staten Island. He grew up loving his Mother’s authentic Italian-American cooking and mastered her recipes. From there Las Vegas called and he steadily worked up the culinary ladder to the level of executive chef.

Vic’s is perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Las Vegas seen through floor-to-ceiling windows. He likes to call it country club cool meets rock ‘n’ roll. It’s already a local scene for brunch on the weekends!

The menu is American comfort food with Vic’s distinctive flair. He appreciates Jewish deli food so in that spirit he created Knish Sliders made with grilled pastrami, melted Swiss cheese, on a potato stuffed roll and served with stone ground mustard.

How about a twist on Grandma’s meatloaf? Vic took that family recipe as the base then wrapped the meatloaf in a won-ton skin, deep fried to a golden crisp and served with pan gravy and ketchup aioli.

In the greater Las Vegas area Vic Vegas comes to you with “The Art of Catering by Vic Vegas.”

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