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Even if you don't watch a lot of cooking shows, you've probably heard about NBC's newest series, Food Fighters. Its host heated up headlines recently after an off
color topic social media meltdown. After talk of the show being pulled, it was saved from being chucked down the disposal and will debut tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22. And, with its debut, we can look forward to the TV return of a long-time VegasChatter fave, Chef Vic Moea.
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Our first peek into Vic's food brain was pre-Network Star thanks to his work on the Addiction menu at Rumor Resort. Almost three years later and those Bacon Belgian Waffles with Peanut Butter and Butterfinger Pancakes with Mascarpone still give us goosebumps worth waking up for. Post-Network Star, he hadn't lost a step blowing our tastebuds away with Enoki Mushroom and Horseradish Puree dishes.
Needless to say, when news of his namesake Vic's reached our desks, we hopped in the car without even a peek at the menu. Where is Vic's located you ask? Great question and the answer is on a country club amongst the rolling hills of Anthem. Crickets? We admit we had to grab our GPS before heading out. Anyone who has ventured down to Green Valley Ranch from The Strip can reference Vic's as one exit closer. From there, it's just a right, left, veer left, up the hill, another right, one last right and boom you've arrived.
Rumor is throwing a Pool Party Safari Saturday, April 28 noon to 7 p.m. Super soakers -- yup, flashback circa 1990 -- will be out in force along with DJs, an 18-foot inflatable waterslide, a 30-foot slip-n-slide, and a blow-up boxing ring. Paging Mr. Tyson to unwind after his one-man show? Drinking relays will be aplenty, too. Alcohol and a boxing ring? Scratch that call to Tyson. We'll focus on slip-n-slide, booze-fueled accidents.
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Former Food Network Star contestant Vic Vegas popped up with a special restaurant menu at Rumor Resort and before we got our creme bruleed last night we had (quite) a few questions for Vic on his Vegas intentions and reality show life. We also managed to pry a few of his Vegas favs for the record. And by pry, we mean ask once - the guy loves to talk Vegas just about as much as we do.
After five years of trying and two Food Network Challenges, Vic landed himself a spot on the seventh and most watched season of Food Network Star. And to think, we skipped an SAT question if the answer didn't immaculately #2 that circle with a wooden pencil after three seconds. We're glad Vic has more patience than us so that the rest of the world could discover what we've known for awhile: the hairless tattooed wonder knows how to cook.
You might be able to take the Vic Vegas out of Food Network Star but you'll never be able to take the Food Star out of Vic Vegas. It's been two months to the day since we lamented local hero Vic
Vegas Moea (now Vegas again) exiting the reality contest short of landing the top contract prize. Our sleepless days and nights of wondering when he'd make his public triumphant return to Las Vegas are now over. Vic Vegas, Mama's Boy will be popping into Rumor Resort this week with a pop-up restaurant.
We had a chance to catch up with the tattooed chef to get his thoughts on the show, his return to Rumor, and grill him on potential future ventures. We'll get to the lowdown on whether he had a throwdown with Bobby Flay later this week but we're happy to report Vegas can expect to see more of the humble chef and family man with more hometown pride than a celeb at playoff game.
Usually, Mr. Pappagiorgio is here to fill you in on '
Next Food Network Star,' but this week he's taking a much deserved vacay. Good thing, too, because Monday's season finale pitted hometown chef Vic Moea against two final cheftestants in one last camera challenge that caught everyone off guard. And, had us wishing once again for more from our mama's boy. That's Vic, not Mr. P. Ok, we admit it, we love both mama's boys.
Vegas Moea knew this was it. He had one final chance to impress the judges and he could cook up any dish he wanted to make it happen. Going into the season finale of Food Network Star, the tattooed chef most recently of Addiction at Rumor was confident that if any dish was going to get him into the final two, it was this one -- a seven-fish stew. He already had us as soon as he fired up the grill, but would he have the judges as well? (Spoiler alert: If you keep reading and haven't finished watching this episode yet, your day is about to be spoiled.)
Last week the Food Network Star final four were named and while the judges sent Vic Vegas the monicker packing, Vic
Vegas Moe the chef moved on. Did our local fav survive last night's chop to three? Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Stop reading if you have not yet watched last night's show and wish to remain surprised. You've been warned and our lawyers are now happy.
The latest challenge was the annual Iron Chef Kitchen where Alton Brown puts the contestants on the hot seat in a manner that only he can. The final four were split into pairs taking turns competing in ICK and fielding questions from Mr. Brown.
It was with a saddened heart that we watched Food Network Star this week. Between petting new found furry friends and drinking Greyhounds last week at Rumor we chatted up one of the restaurant employees. As hard as we've been pulling for Vic Vegas on Star it's no surprise that his name came up as the former head chef of Addiction.
Our food friend spilled the beans that Vic didn't make it past this week's episode where the judges trimmed the candidates to just four. We hoped he was either throwing us off the trail or got his week's wrong since our unbiased opinion puts him in the top three. He also confirmed that Vic will not be returning to Rumor after the show. Tear.
About seven weeks ago we discovered Vegas's own Chef Vic Vegas would be competing on the small screen in Food Network's
Next Food Network Star. We had already fallen for his breakfast bits and kickass tapas and looked forward to seeing how his tats translated with the judges. With the mid-term episode airing last night, let's check in on Chef double V.
The early returns didn't look good. The pre-season fan poll placed our dear Vic near the bottom of the pack. He had already rubbed BuddyTV the wrong way before the first ep even aired. In the first two challenges, our dear Vegas ran out of time to complete his lobster dish, then dropped his second on the kitchen floor. Despite not delivering the goods, the judges let him slide through based on his personality.
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Las Vegas has produced Top Chefs and even Top Chef Masters. Is Sin City ready to further cement its place amongst culinary cities by naming one of it's own a Food Network Star? Season 7 of the
Next Food Network Star premieres this Sunday at 9pm on the Disney Channel. (Just checking if you're paying attention). The latest installment drops the Next and pits Las Vegas chef Vic Vegas as one of fifteen contestants in the competition.
Last week we told you about our rough intro to Rumor Resort when we tried to check-in. Surprisingly it turned out we still enjoyed the rest of our stay. Still undecided for yourself? The Hotel’s restaurant, Addiction, might sway you. Valet parking is free if you’re driving, so you can easily zip on in and check out the any of the four menus without ponying up for a room before you’re ready.