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The Jean-Louis Palladin dinner at RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay on Oct. 17, 2010.
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Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner on Oct. 17, 2010

Chefs Andre Rochat and Rick Moonen flank Laura Croft at the Jean-Louis Palladin dinner at RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay on Oct. 17, 2010.

Chefs Andre Rochat and Rick Moonen flank Laura Croft at the Jean-Louis Palladin dinner at RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay on Oct. 17, 2010.

For the 10th year, Chef Andre Rochat’s Jean-Louis Palladin tribute dinner is one of the most exciting and anticipated culinary events of the year. Please join us Sunday at Alize at the top of the Palms when 17 of Las Vegas’ top chefs team up for an extraordinary feast of seven courses, plus canapes and coffees, and each one of those has alternating choices -- so 16 dishes in all.

I’ll handle MC and auction duties with Andre as we raise funds for the James Beard Foundation. Last year, $40,000 went to scholarships for up-and-coming Las Vegas cooks admiring and studying the late Jean-Louis’ work. Chefs taking part this year each select a creative dish from Jean-Louis’ techniques.

The lineup includes Pascal Sanchez (Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental); Mark Purdy (Alize); Arnaud Massat (Mandalay Bay); Joung Sohn (Eiffel Tower at the Paris); Luciano Pellegrini (Valentino at the Venetian); Grant MacPherson (Scotch Mist); Royden Ellamar (Sensi at the Bellagio); Brian Howard (Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan); and Gregory Pugin (Le Cirque at the Bellagio).

Plus, Vincent Pouessel (Aureole at Mandalay Bay); Barry Dakake and Geno Bernardo (N9NE Steakhouse and Nove Italiano at the Palms); Laurent Pillard (Fleur at Mandalay Bay); Jean Philippe Dufoin (Creative Catering); Megan Romano (Aureole); Bryan Podgorski (Bouchon at the Venetian); and Tammy Alana (Andre’s at the Monte Carlo).

“I am proud to host the annual event honoring a great friend and chef,” Andre said. “Jean-Louis helped raise the level of dining here with his Napa restaurant. He was a leader in his craft focused on the importance of emphasizing the freshest, finest ingredients from farmers and purveyors.”

Jean-Louis, who was a friend of mine, too, died tragically too young at age 55 from lung cancer here in Las Vegas in November 2001 and is credited with influencing a generation of chefs and food lovers.

*Chef Steve Martorano of Cafe Martorano in the Rio is working on the launch of his clothing line Yo-Cuz.

*Pierre Gagnaire arrives for 10 days at his Twist to serve fish and foie gras additions to the fall menu. Twist is the only dinner-only restaurant in America serving the extraordinary cuisine of the three-star Michelin chef.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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