Gordon Ramsay's New Restaurant Booked 12,000 Reservations in 10 Days

Gordon Ramsay's New Restaurant Booked 12,000 Reservations in 10 Days

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay’s highly anticipated reality show-themed restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen, will have its grand opening January 16th, but it has already received 12,000 reservations.

“It is unprecedented,” Ramsay told the "Los Angeles Times." “We’ve never seen this kind of demand.”

The restaurant is designed to look exactly like the set of the chef’s hit reality television series of the same name, “Hell’s Kitchen.” The 300-seat restaurant opened quietly in early January, or at least that was Ramsay’s plan. The prime location and appearances by the celebrity chef made it impossible to be kept a secret.

On the show, Ramsay has gained fame for his fiery, hypercritical character.

Cooks in the 8,000 square-foot Las Vegas restaurant are dressed in uniforms coinciding with either the red or blue team, a reference to the show, and work in a “high action” open space designed to showcase the “sounds of a noisy kitchen,” "Eater" reported.

“It’s like walking onto the ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ set in L.A.,” Ramsay said. “The producers had input with the contractors, and the designers had input with the contractors.”

The restaurant is only allowing walk-ins until January 16, when bookings officially open.

Read more about the famed chef and restaurant on the "Los Angeles Times."

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Amazon Mobile App Takes on Food Delivery

Amazon Restaurants homepage

Amazon is officially taking on food delivery under the name: Amazon Restaurants. It is available now to over 20 cities in the United States.

The service is still exclusively available online to Prime members, but now also through the Amazon mobile app, Prime Now. 

Navigating the Amazon Mobile App

  • Tap the menu icon 
  • Tap on: "See all programs"
  • Scroll down to: "Amazon Restaurants"
  • Browse restaurant selection after typing in your ZIP code

As Foodable previously reported, Amazon started testing the food delivery services in Seattle back in 2014. Just this year, the logistics company began to deliver food in Las Vegas and District of Columbia.

Below you can find a complete list of cities where Amazon’s delivery services are available:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • Manhattan
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • Northern Virginia
  • Orlando
  • Oakland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle and the Eastside
  • Tampa
  • Las Vegas

Chef Khai Vu of Las Vegas' District One Dishes Up 'Crazy, Fun' Vietnamese Cuisine

Video Produced by Vanessa C. Rodriguez

District One Kitchen & Bar is not strictly a Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. Although the restaurant name refers to the district epicenter for entertainment and dining in Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest municipality), District One is known to be a melting pot of Asian flavors, including Vietnamese, Thailandese, Chinese, and Japanese.

“In the menu, we have everything from seafood to noodles to different variety of Southeast Asian-inspired dishes,” said Chef and owner Khai Vu. “A lot of it is Vietnamese-inspired because of our roots and where we’re from…”

However, District One’s founders wanted to create a menu that would not only reflect their heritage, but also showcase their experiences by combining flavors from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York.

Chef Vu attributes his entrepreneurial spirit to his father, who taught him how to be a successful businessman, but for his early fascination with food, Chef Vu blames his grandmother.

“From growing up and going to the farmer’s market every weekend with my grandma... every weekend, she would stop everything and make a big family meal,” said Chef Vu.

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In this Table 42 Vignette, Chef Vu demonstrated for us their signature dish: Live Whole Maine Lobster Pho. They get them alive and then they poach them, “...we take them all apart, and then deshell them and put it back together” in order to make it easier for the guest to eat.

“When you order, ask for a female lobster because it comes with all the roll… that’s the good stuff!” Vu added.

At District One, they really go out of their way to give each one of the dishes a home-cooked feel.

“I take all the good dish, put it on a much easier, simpler menu that people can understand and after they are used to it, I’ll bring out more crazy, fun stuff,” said Chef Vu. “We want people to understand more the cuisine, so they can enjoy it more...”

Comfort, Happiness at the Heart of Hearthstone

Social media has had a drastic impact on the restaurant industry, driving chefs and restaurateurs to find their value in how many Facebook likes they have and how many people are tweeting positive reviews.

That is not the case for Brian Massie, owner and executive chef of Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, just 10 miles off the strip in southwestern Las Vegas.

“You want to have positive reviews. You want to be on the top of the list all the time and you feel accomplished by that,” Massie said in this Table 42 vignette. “For me, personally, that’s not my primary focus. My primary focus is what people are supposed to feel when they come in here and when they leave. I want them to be happy, and that’s the true testament to how well you are doing.”

Massie explains that the people in Las Vegas have changed from meat and potatoes to a more elevated palate – one which Hearthstone is attempting to satisfy with a different approach to food, décor, and atmosphere.

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The restaurant concept is open, based on a sushi bar (but swap out the sushi and replace it with rustic American). Guests can watch the chefs preparing the food and interact with them at the same time, which makes for an exciting concept. In addition, there are six or seven menu items that come right out of two huge wood burning stoves which sit in the middle of the dining room.

Massie describes the restaurant and food as “less flashy.” The food is “straightforward” and dishes like the bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates in piquillo pepper gravy create an umami flavor that customers crave and keep coming back for.

Comfort is what Hearthstone’s customers feel and it is what keeps them coming back.

“Three or four times a week they will come back, maybe for a drink or to sit in the lounge or play shuffleboard…[customers] feel like it’s the neighborhood spot. That’s what we are trying to make it. They feel happy and that’s important,” Massie explained.

Carson Kitchen Channels Spirit of the Late Kerry Simon

In this “Table 42” vignette, we join Cory Harwell, president at Simon Hospitality Group (SHG), to explore Carson Kitchen, a Foodable Top 25 restaurant in Las Vegas. Harwell is also co-founder of the group, which he started with the late Kerry Simon.

Harwell got his start in the industry at just 13 years old, and built his way up the ladder — from dishwashing to hosting to bartending to serving, and eventually opening and operating four restaurants under the SHG umbrella. 

In this episode, John Courtney, the culinary director at Carson Kitchen, makes wild boar sloppy joe, a prime example of how Harwell intends to showcase unique ingredients in familiar ways.