Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cooking in Vegas

The following is from the always interesting web site of Cathy Thomas Cooks. Cathy is a food columnist, speaker and author and she writes a wonderful newsletter with useful information about culinary happenings in Orange County, recipes and her own cooking school announcements. I attended one of Cathy's Orange County Vietnamese grocery tours in 2001. Her enthusiasm for the cuisine and the country was infectious and thanks to her, I have since visited Vietnam many times.


Today's issue of her newsletter exposed this odd cooking opportunity being offered in Las Vegas by two imaginative chefs: 

A room with a view ... of the kitchen.

The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas is offering a new culinary TV program that allows guests to follow along and cook in their Signature suite.

Guests literally tune in to the “Signature Dish” TV program for a step-by-step guide to preparing one of Signature’s dishes. Guests can choose from: (1) Scallop Risotto, (2) Tandoori Chicken Curry or (3) Baked Ziti. 
Each of The Signature’s one/two-bedroom suites feature state-of-the-art kitchens, so any budding chef or seasoned gourmand can create a “home-cooked” meal while on the road. The 30-minute show is led by the on-screen guidance of Executive Chef Uday Huja and Executive Sous Chef Patrick Hoefler. And, the Signature provides all the ingredients to prepare the dish (in pre-assembled culinary baskets).

The Baked Ziti option, for example, includes a recipe card, pasta, marinara sauce, kosher salt, ricotta and mozzarella cheese; priced at $55.
After winning big at the tables, would gamblers decide to go back to the room and make Scallop Risotto? Or maybe, "I'll bet $100 that I can do the Baked Ziti Curry faster than you can!". I cannot imagine the bored little woman left in the room eschewing the usual "Vegas widow" activities like shopping, shopping and shopping and instead whipping up a little Tandoori Chicken Curry.

I don't get it. What am I missing?  

1 comment:

  1. i don't get it either. For $55.00 you could probably order a pretty nice dinner at most las vegas restaurants and not mess up your perfectly neat and tidy hotel room.
    it sounds like they're trying to emulate the cooking schools in italy - but who goes to las vegas to learn to cook?