LAS VEGAS (December 16, 2013) - On Friday, Dec. 13 top restaurants, lounges and chefs were celebrated at the Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards, an event created and produced by TMG Entertainment in partnership with the Nevada Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NvRAEF). Proceeds from the night benefited NvRAEF’s educational and scholarship programs, such as ProStart, a national high school culinary and restaurant management program that teaches students the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workforce or to continue to postsecondary after high school graduation.
Held at the Sands Showroom inside The Venetian, the ceremony commenced as Chef Kerry Simon was honored with The Visionary Award. Top chefs and restaurateurs gathered onstage to support their friend and colleague, who just last week shared that he is battling a severe form of Parkinson’s disease. As the night continued, Sirio Maccioni was presented with the honorary Pioneer Award, Emeril Lagasse received the Leadership Award and Alex Stokes was recognized with the Industry Champion Award.