In Las Vegas, you can’t throw a poker chip without hitting a celebrity chef. It seems every notable chef around the world has at least one outpost in Sin City, which means they’re frequently spotted milling about the city, and more often than not, in their restaurants.
But where do the best chefs in Vegas go to eat when they’re not on the clock? Certainly not their own restaurants (OK, maybe sometimes; especially if you’re Mario Batali, who once, in an interview, listed his favorite restaurants in the city — all of which were his own).
Interestingly, a lot of famous chefs dine at other famous chefs’ restaurants. You’d think it would be a conflict of interest to dine at the eatery of your direct competition (something akin to seeing a sports star rooting for a rival), but apparently this isn’t the case. Guy Savoy (of Restaurant Guy Savoy) has said there’s a very friendly atmosphere among chefs in Las Vegas, with no competition and no jealousy. It’s just a bunch of people who make really good food, and want, in turn, to eat really good food.