Masaharu Morimoto is a world-famous chef and restaurateur best-known as a dominant force on the incredibly intense cooking competition show “Iron Chef.” To say he’s accustomed to the spotlight would be a bit of an understatement.
“I’m never very nervous, if it’s a live show or interview on TV or even singing,” he said last week from inside his Japanese restaurant at the MGM Grand. “I’ve done a demonstration of butchering a big tuna in front of 3,000 people. But this time, for Vegas Uncork’d, I’m doing the saber off and I’m not good. I’ve been practicing. There’s going to be a lot of media plus a lot of famous chefs behind me,” he said with a laugh and a sarcastic faux-scream of anxiousness.
The 12th Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit event weekend is back on the Strip this week and the traditional kickoff has one of many celebrity chefs sabering the top off a bottle of Champagne. Morimoto, who opened his first Las Vegas restaurant in 2016, does the honors this year when one of Las Vegas’ biggest culinary events gets started May 10 at 1 p.m. at The Park, located between Las Vegas Boulevard and T-Mobile Arena.
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