Chef Interview:  Julien Asseo – Executive Chef Restaurant Guy Savoy Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Chef Julien Asseo –
Executive Chef Restaurant Guy Savoy Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Julien Asseo has achieved what most chefs can only dream of; throughout his career he has worked with renowned chefs Rick Moonen, Joel Robuchon, and Guy Savoy.

After a tour of the kitchen and Krug Chef’s Table (private dining), I chatted with Chef Asseo in the beautiful setting of his restaurant’s dining room.

Julien grew up in Libourne, France on his parents’ vineyard. He earned his bachelor’s degree in culinary arts at Lycée Hôtelier de Gascogne.  Shortly after, he moved to Paris to work at La Fontain de Mars as commis to eventually chef de partie. A number of years later he decided to move to Los Angeles and got a position as a sous chef at the Rivera. In 2009 he moved to Las Vegas to work under renowned chefs Rick Moonen and Joel Robuchon. Julien joined Restaurant Guy Savoy in 2011 as a sous chef, advancing to chef de cuisine, a number of years later, and is now hold the position as Executive Chef. He has never looked back.

Liz Palmer:     What influenced you to become a chef?

Julien Asseo: I loved to eat from a young age – I was always attracted to food.
Especially when my mom used to cook a big meal every day. I first realized when I was 15 years old; I followed my head and moved back to France (from California) and went to cooking school Lycée Hôtelier de Gascogne, Bordeaux. I never stopped my passion, right after I graduated I moved to Paris.

Liz Palmer:     Do you still have time to experiment?

Julien Asseo:  Yes, I’m currently working on a new idea that came from a childhood memory, sweet breads and milk skin (pairing these together).

I also love travelling and reading – I collect lots of books to learn and discover new things.

Liz Palmer:     What are the current restaurant trends in Las Vegas?

Julien Asseo: The big movement now is simplicity – going back to roots, like
heirloom vegetables. I also strive for the best food possible – the best ingredients.
I try to stay local – at least 90% of the vegetables are local.  The meat comes from Texas, the fish from the Atlantic.

You have to respect food especially the farmer and never underestimate a vegetable.

For me it’s more of a personal touch and being more honest in my cooking.

Liz Palmer:     Who have been your mentors?

Julien Asseo: It’s hard to say.  I worked for Rick Moonen and Joel Robuchon and learned a lot.  I last trained under Guy Savoy who most inspired me on my career. He’s a very good chef, in every aspect from pleasing guests, being the best host, to cooking.  I learned a lot from him on fine dining.

Liz Palmer:     Champagne and food Pairing – what are your favorites?

Julien Asseo: Champagne brut is best to drink with caviar from Iran (they are make the best pairing).  Also, crab, and other sea food that have briny flavors like oysters. Rose Champagne is best to drink when you eat octopus, meat and fish dishes, seafood that is robust and foods that have earthy flavors (meats and fish from the earth and sea).

Liz Palmer:     What’s next for you?

Julien Asseo: I’m going to work hard and get that third star (Michelin).  Michelin stopped coming in 2009 when we had two stars.  We hope they are coming back after nine years.

I would like to eventually go back to California and open a restaurant, in the countryside – close to the ocean and mountains with great farm great ingredients.  It will be under my name – it’s my dream.

Liz Palmer

Restaurant Guy Savoy
Caesars
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard S,
Las Vegas, NV

https://www.caesars.com

Krug Chef’s Table
Restaurant Guy Savoy Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, Liz Palmer

 

Toronto Event – Champagne Tips For the Holidays

 

“Tis the Season for Champagne!

Join us at The Fine Wine Reserve for our first Annual Holiday Event!  

Champagne + Cognac + French Pastries + Appetizers + Chocolate  

Champagne Food Pairing Tips + Recipes + Christmas Music by Robert Roland

Further details and registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toronto-wine-event-champagne-tips-for-the-holidays-by-liz-palmer-tickets-38507123844

Louis Roederer Releases Cristal Vinothèque

Champagne Louis Roederer has released the first of its limited edition, extra-aged Cristal, known as ‘Vinothèque’.

The release covers both the 1995 brut and 1996 rosé, which were disgorged over 10 years ago but then kept back in Roederer’s cellars for further aging.

The Vinothèque wines have a slightly lower dosage of 7g/l compared with the usual 9g/l for the standard Cristal expression due to longer lees ageing.

Just 400 bottles of the brut and 200 bottles of the rosé have been released meaning global allocations are extremely tight.

No larger formats have been released – this time. Both wines were introduced by the house at a “surrealist spectacular” at their head office early October to celebrate their 241st anniversary.

Although Roederer’s executive vice-president, Michel Janneau, conceded that the amount of wine released was “infinitesimally small”, he added, “fear not – it is not without sequel; other vintages will follow this.”

SIX WAYS YOU CAN CELEBRATE CHAMPAGNE DAY ON OCTOBER 20TH, 2017

This is one of my favorite events of the year!  Wine lovers around the world raise a flute or two to the quintessential wine of celebration.

The eighth annual “Global Champagne Day” takes place this year October 20, 2017.  Its exclusively a global social media event.

Here are some ideas to celebrate this unique sparkling wine that only comes from the region of Champagne, France.

Pop a bottle of champagne
Simply open a bottle of Champagne and enjoy a glass with the people who make your life special.

Host friends or business colleagues
Invite friends or business colleagues over for a Champagne tasting. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get together and taste a variety of champagne.

Organize a Champagne cocktail session
Invite friends or business colleagues over to create classic champagne cocktails and invent new ones

Organize a Game Night
Organize a Champagne trivia night in your home or at your favorite wine bar.

Go Out
Watch for events taking place at hotels, bars and restaurants.

Share our Photos, Videos and Experiences on Social Media
Instagram, twitter, facebook, all of the above

Hashtags to use:

#champagneday

#popthecork

#global

#champagne

#globalchampagneday

#champagneday

or create your own!

 

Liz Palmer
Dame Chevalier de Coteaux de Champagne
Award winning author of The Ultimate Guide to Champagne
https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guide-Champagne-Liz-Palmer/dp/0991894634

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Champagne Review Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne


 

 

 

 

Varietal:     100% Pinot Noir
Region:      Champagne
Producer:   Laurent-Perrier Group
Style:         Rich and Complex
Alcohol:     12%

The maceration on the skins for three days provides this glorious pink color with tinges of orange; displays aromas of raspberry, red currant, cherry and citrus; on the palate – intense fruit flavors, fresh; it opens up providing an impression of plunging into a basket of freshly picked strawberries, Morello cherries and raspberries; beautifully rounded and long finish – it’s truly a gastronomic Champagne!

Notes:

  • Vintage Number: 158550
  • Ten-grands curs villages
  • Saigneé Method
  • The #1-selling rosé Champagne in the world

 

Food Pairing: 

I recommend a rack of lamb, pork, salmon, tuna, shellfish, mild and soft cheese, and dark chocolate

Rating: 93 Points