Issue 185
March 29 - April 4, 2004
Volume 4
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Caesars Palace Chef Recognized as 'La Creme de La Creme'

Casino workers urged to donate to April Foods Day drive

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Caesars Palace Chef Recognized as
'La Creme de La Creme'

LAS VEGAS -- Caesars Palace Executive Pastry Chef John Hui has earned nominations for two coveted awards by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). As one of four national finalists for the 2004 ACF Pastry Chef of the Year Award, Hui will compete in a "cook-off" at the 2004 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Florida, in July for the grand award. Additionally, Chef Hui's outstanding commitment to professionalism has garnered a nomination as inductee to the ACF's honor society, the American Academy of Chefs.

Chef Hui has been a longstanding member of the only professional chef organization in the United States to offer comprehensive chef certification programs. As a Certified Executive Pastry Chef within the organization, he is currently the ACF Western Regional Competition Coordinator, Coach and Manager of the Las Vegas Culinary Team 2004 and Culinary Competition Judge.

"We are very proud of Chef Hui and all of his accomplishments," says Greg Waldron, vice president of food and beverage for Caesars Palace. "He is an asset to our culinary team and he continues to wow us with his innovative style and dedicated leadership in the pastry arts."

Since 1997, Chef Hui has managed the operations of the Caesars Palace pastry kitchen, a 10,000 square foot facility which produces sweets for the hotel's restaurants, banquets, and special events. The latest accolades join a long list of honors for this talented chef: Hui has received the prestigious Antonin Careme Medal (ACF Chef's Association of the Pacific Coast); was named Las Vegas Chef of the Year (Fraternity of Executive Chefs Las Vegas); was selected one of the "Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America" by Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazines; was recipient of the ACF Western Regional Chef Professionalism Award; and has been honored with seven additional ACF medals and three celebrated Culinary Olympics Gold and Silver medals from Germany.

Prior to joining the culinary team at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Chef Hui worked for a number of luxury hotels throughout the country, including the Westin St. Francis, the Westin Maui Hotel, the San Francisco Hyatt Regency, and the San Francisco Marriott. Chef Hui currently oversees the culinary team of 45 for the Caesars Palace Hotel bakery while creating masterful dessert presentations for all of the hotels restaurants, banquets and special events.

Casino workers urged to donate to
April Foods Day drive

As reported by The Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas hotel and casino employees are setting aside their tricks and opening their hearts on April 1 for the fifth April Foods Day food drive.

The drive will be conducted at several Las Vegas hotels and casinos and benefit the homeless and working poor of the Las Vegas community through Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

For one week employees will be encouraged to drop off nonperishables at designated boxes throughout their hotel or casino, according to Sharon Mann, community relations manager of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

The designated boxes are commonly found wherever employees clock in, she said.

Local hotels and casinos taking part in this year's April Foods Day drive include Bally's, Caesars Palace, Eldorado Casino, Flamingo, Harrah's, Jokers Wild Casino, Las Vegas Hilton, New York-New York and Paris Las Vegas.

Last year 15,000 pounds of food were collected through the drive, according to Mann. "That's enough to last several months," she said.

The annual food drive is the perfect opportunity to start stocking the shelves for spring, Mann said.

"What happens is we collect a lot of food over the Christmas holidays and as the months go on after that, we begin to run out," she said. "We needed something to replenish our pantry again for the spring months, so we thought of April Foods Day."

Catholic Charities then asked local hotels and casinos to get involved, she said.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada at 385-2662.

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