Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | 5:17 p.m.
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Tonight is the big decider on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, and crunch time will determine whether Mandalay Bay Chef Mary Sue Milliken from Border Grill makes the finals or has to pack up her kitchen knives. My TV insider hunch is that it’s going to be an all-female finale with the final three cheftestants for the first time!
In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs lead young proteges on how to create an identical dish simultaneously, the difficulty being that in this blind plating challenge, a wall separates them.
In the Cooking for the Troops elimination segment, the chefs are surprised with instructions to salute a 40-strong group of American servicemen returning from Afghanistan -- all desperately in need of their favorite foods instead of MRIs! Mary Sue serves the “fatted calf,” going for spare ribs, while Chef Naomi Pomeroy believes that her competitors are ganging up on her because she’s the youngest.
*Flamingo executives yesterday confirmed our Jimmy Buffet casino exclusive that we posted here two weeks ago. The Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo opens this fall, and it will be the first casino gaming space to bear the well-known Margaritaville name. It will be a 15,000-square-foot casino with 22 gaming tables, 220 slot machines and the centerpiece 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar.
*Hotel mogul George Maloof is a regular at Cathay House, so much so that he persuaded the owners to open their second location in the Palms. He converted one half of the 24/7 cafe into the new eatery serving dim sum and other traditional dishes. George said: “I have been a loyal customer and a big fan for years. In recent months, we have seen a large increase in Asian gaming, and we recognized the importance of catering to those customers. We are excited to bring superior Chinese cuisine to our property.” Executive Chef Henry Garcia, Dim Sum Chef Ping Kwan Lam and Dining Chef Raymond Kwan are the kitchen team.
NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon dined at STK at the Cosmopolitan. … 2008 Playmate of the Year and Holly’s World star Jayde Nicole kicked off her S&M Party (that’s Social Media, folks!) at Eva Longoria’s Eve in CityCenter. … UFC fighter Clay Guida dined with friends at Sugar Factory American Brasserie in the Paris before stopping in the retail store to pose with fans. … Singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne dined at Tao in the Venetian before a stop at The Library in Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, where he twisted the turntables after DJ 14K. Also at Tao, Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul with a female friend enjoying cocktails.
Sir Paul McCartney joins Yoko Ono to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles Love at the Mirage. … T-Pain hosts and spins behind the wheels of steel at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood.
We’ll have photos, videos and interviews with the stars at The Beatles’ fifth-anniversary events for Love and at Paul’s private after-party. Nightclub queen Allison Melnick previews her birthday weekend here and reveals some tasty tidbits about best girlfriend Paris Hilton’s new reality TV show, plus the results of Mary Sue’s battle.
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