Kerry Simon, dubbed the “rock ‘n’ roll chef” by Rolling Stone magazine, will be honored with the inaugural culinary memorabilia case at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, July 17. Don Marrandino and Warwick Stone of Hard Rock Hotel will be on hand to unveil the memorabilia display with Simon.
Upon graduating from culinary school in New York, Kerry Simon found himself working with multiple culinary legends including Jean-George Vongerichten. His talent was soon noticed by Ivana Trump and he was appointed executive chef of Edwardian Room at The Plaza Hotel. Following, Simon began developing culinary establishments in Miami, Hong Kong, New York, London, Chicago and finally, Las Vegas.
In 2002, Kerry Simon partnered with restaurateur Elizabeth Blau to open Simon Kitchen & Bar at Hard Rock Hotel. The venue was selected as one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Esquire Magazine in 2003.
Kerry Simon has gone on to become a two-time competitor and judge on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and defeated Kat Kora on the station’s “Battle Hamburger.”Playgirl magazine even named him as one of the country’s sexiest chefs and featured an interview with Simon in the April 2003.
Today, Simon has numerous restaurant concepts throughout Las Vegas as well as the world.
The display will boast a photograph of Simon and longtime friend actor Bill Murray in matching Elvis suits, a bust of Simon painted purple, black chef coat from Simon Kitchen & Bar, autographed guitar, culinary knives, image of him as a young chef with Bianca Jagger and various awards.
The memorabilia at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hand selected and carefully displayed throughout the resort by Stone to honor legends in the entertainment industry. Some of the unique displays include a shimmery, white glove once worn by the one-and-only Michael Jackson; an array of rare collection items from The Beatles; the original drum kit Rick Allen of Def Leppard used following a near fatal car accident; a Nirvana display featuring a leather jacket autographed by Kurt Cobain; and many more.
Chef Simon is diagnosed in 2013 with MSA (Multiple System Atrophy). Never heard of MSA? That’s exactly why rock’n roll chef Kerry Simon now wants you to join his mission to increase awareness of this incurable and rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease. Kerry Simon says FIGHT MSA at fightmsa.org.