Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Seven judges, including Las Vegas Sun columnist Robin Leach, have been named to select the final winner from this weekend's inaugural World Food Championships.
The three-day competition begins Friday and culminates with the winners in seven culinary categories moving to Sunday's "Final Table." The events take place at Bally's Las Vegas, Paris and Caesars Palace casinos.
Leach, a journalist of 50 years who dishes up daily scoops on celebrity news for the Sun, will be joined by the following personalities at the judge's table:
Colman Andrews, cookbook author and editor-in-chief of the Daily Meal; Tim Love, a Fort Worth, Texas, chef who owns the Lonesome Dove, Western Bistro and the Love Shack; Myron Mixon, the Miami star of "BBQ Pitmasters" on Discovery's Destination America channel; Antonia Lofaso, finalist on "Top Chef: Chicago" and "Top Chef All-Stars;" Jeffrey Frederick, a regional vice president of food and beverage for Caesars Entertainment; and Todd Pearson, chef with U.S. Foods Austin Division and former faculty member at Le Cordon Bleu-Phoenix.
Travel Channel star Adam Richman will host the event and serve as a "master judge" during the final judging from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in front of Caesars Palace.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.