One of the many perks of vacationing in Las Vegas is a chance to dine out at renowned restaurants. The city is a world-class dining destination that’s home to unique and well-known concepts from iconic restaurateurs and chefs.
Another perk is a chance to trade in your napkin for a chef coat at several Las Vegas Strip restaurants. How would you like to step into the kitchen and learn to prepare dishes like tamales, pizza and dim sum from a Las Vegas chef?
Here are six Las Vegas cooking classes where you can learn from the masters.
Tamales and Tequila
When: Call to schedule
Where: Hussong’s Mexican Cantina, Shoppes at Mandalay Place, Mandalay Bay
In the Tamale Making Class at Hussong’s Mexican Cantina, Executive Chef Noe Alcala gives a history lesson and hands-on instruction as you mix, knead and stuff your way to a terrific tamale. You can even turn your class into a full-fledged fiesta by adding the Tequila Tasting Class, where you’ll sip your way through five distinct tequila brands paired with a song from bartender David Michel’s personal playlist.
Hussong’s also offers a Margarita-Making Class, while neighboring Slice of Vegas offers a Pizza-Making Class. All classes conclude with a buffet lunch. You’ll also take home a recipe book and parting gift to commemorate the experience.
For reservations, call Heidi Glassman at (702) 322-8350 or email [email protected].
Mastering French Food
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays
Where: Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace
When in Rome, do as the Romans. When in a cooking class at Guy Savoy, cook like legendary French chef Guy Savoy.
Learn how to prepare signature dishes from the Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond, Michelin-starred restaurant during this personal cooking class with Guy Savoy Executive Chef Julien Asseo. The esteemed French chef worked under renowned chefs Rick Moonen and Joël Robuchon before taking on his prestigious role at Guy Savoy.
After refining and honing your culinary prowess, you’ll have the rare opportunity to dine on your creations from the best seat in the house, the Krug Chef’s Table.
Cost is $265 per person. For reservations, call (702) 731-7286 or email [email protected].
When: Noon on Thursday, Jan. 17
Where: Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas
Master the art of dim sum with Master Dim Sum chef Sandy Chi during the popular dim sum workshop at Wynn Las Vegas.
Chi will be joined by Chef Chen Wei, executive chef at Wynn’s Red 8, for an interactive experience involving wontons, wrappers, fillings and dipping sauces. You’ll learn how to shape and fry these bite-sized Cantonese delicacies like a seasoned pro.
Cost is $175 per person. To register, call (702) 770-7070.
Pizzaiolo for a Day
When: 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24
Where: Allegro at Wynn Las Vegas
Learn tips, tricks and insider secrets for crafting the perfect woodfired pie from Allegro Executive Chef Enzo Febraro and Wynn buffet Executive Chef Jonathan Bauman during Wynn’s first Master Pizza Class.
The acclaimed chefs will teach aspiring pizzaiolos to make and bake a classic Margherita pizza, starting with the delicious dough. After an afternoon of rolling, topping and baking, you’ll sit down to a casual lunch. It should be a great experience, any way you slice it.
Cost for the pizza class is $150 per person. To register, call (702) 770-7070.
Cooking Fiesta Class
When: 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26
Where: El Segunda Sol in the Fashion Show Mall
Step into the kitchen with El Segunda Sol Executive Chef Saul Garcia during a Mexican cooking demonstration.
Garcia will teach you a handful of new recipes, including three dishes and two margaritas, the Frozen Blackberry Margarita and the Herb Cranberry Margarita. After class, you’ll dine on your festive creations with classmates. Everyone receives a recipe booklet to spice things up at home.
Cost is $35 per guest. To register, call (702) 258-1211.
A Taste of Paris
Where: Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas
Popular French bistro Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas offers cooking classes throughout the year.
Executive Chef Terry Lynch leads the class in preparing French-inspired recipes, while a Mon Ami Gabi wine connoisseur provides guidance on pairing the dishes with wine.
For more information, call 702-944-4224.