by: Alex Curtas
Kerry Simon passes
It was a sad week in the restaurant world as chef Kerry Simon lost his battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) at the age of 60.
Simon was a huge influence on the U.S. culinary scene who opened a bevy of first-class restaurants all over the world for chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten before, more recently, opening a number of amazing spots in Las Vegas, NV (including Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas which you really must try the next time you’re there).
Dubbed the “Rock n’ Roll” chef by Rolling Stone magazine, Simon was an “Iron Chef” who also had restaurants in Harrah’s and Palm’s Place in Las Vegas. He was known as a “a brilliant culinary talent” and, as George Maloof put it, “a wonderful human being.”
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