Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Set to Open New Restaurant at The Mirage

LAS VEGAS (May 9, 2013) – Masaharu Morimoto, renowned Japanese chef and star of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” will bring his passion for cooking to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of Morimoto Las Vegas, a new Japanese restaurant at The Mirage. Slated to open in early 2014, Morimoto Las Vegas will feature the contemporary Japanese cuisine and signature sushi that has earned Chef Morimoto worldwide acclaim. The restaurant will take the location currently occupied by Japonais.

“Chef Morimoto is a world-renowned culinary icon and the unparalleled talent he brings with his restaurant concepts will be directly reflected in his venue at The Mirage,” said President and COO of The Mirage Trevor Scherrer. “This partnership will continue to elevate our dining offerings, presenting our guests with an exclusive experience from the most-recognized and respected Iron Chef in the world.”

Chef Morimoto said, “I am excited to work with The Mirage on this new restaurant and to bring my cuisine to Las Vegas. With many new features to present at Morimoto Las Vegas, from select menu items to unique design elements, I am passionate about delivering a culinary destination for all guests and visitors of the resort.”

Further details on the concept will be available in the coming months.

THE MIRAGE

Ideally located in the center of the famed Las Vegas Strip, The Mirage is the place to stay and play.  The resort features contemporary AAA Four Diamond accommodations; dynamic nightlife venues including 1 OAK Nightclub and The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge; tantalizing restaurants created by the world’s most renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak (opening summer 2013) and Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto (opening early 2014); a luxurious spa and salon; the enticing Bare pool lounge; and 170,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.  Unique entertainment options include The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil celebrating the musical legacy of The Beatles; the Aces of Comedy series featuring one of the most comprehensive and diverse comedic line-ups nationwide; Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment; four-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B musical sensation Boyz II Men; and the lush animal sanctuary of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.  From the iconic Volcano and 20,000-gallon lobby aquarium to the lush tropical atrium and pool, guests experience an exotic world-class destination unlike any other.  The Mirage is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit mirage.com or call toll free at (800) 374-9000 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Masaharu Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto—known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America—has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients.  In 2001, Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi and Mexico City.  Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show, Iron Chef and also appears on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America.  His first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, won two IACP awards–in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and the “First Book: The Julia Child Award”–and it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. For more information about Masaharu Morimoto, visit Facebook, Twitter or www.ironchefmorimoto.com.

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