2019 Season to Include Six Culinary Competitions; Stellar Chef Lineup

LAS VEGAS (March 7, 2019) – Back of House Brawl, Las Vegas’ most popular food truck cooking competition series, will make its debut March 23 at The Park, The Strip’s premier outdoor gathering destination. The late-night foodie event will pair some of the city’s most talented chefs in a battle to create two unique dishes, using secret ingredients delivered moments before the race begins, with 30 minutes on the clock. Admission to all Back of House Brawl events is complimentary and open to the public.

The fun afterhours event features two teams, each comprised of one chef from a Strip restaurant and a partner from an off-Strip venue. The duos will present their collaborative creations to a panel of judges – Iron Chef Michael Symon, Reigning Back of House Brawl Champion; Chef de Cuisine John Courtney of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; and VEGAS Magazine Editor-in-Chief Emmy Kasten. The winning team will move on to the championship round November 16.

“Back of House Brawl has become a Las Vegas culinary scene institution, bringing locals together to eat, drink and socialize since its conception in 2011,” said Back of House Brawl Creator Jolene Mannina. “We are excited to bring the series to The Strip and share the incredible talent of our local culinary community with visitors.”

Executive Director of The Park Crystal Robinson said, “The addition of Back of House Brawl to our monthly event lineup reinforces our mission to create a social gathering space for locals and tourists alike. Our vibrant, outdoor setting offers the ideal location for the event’s late-night festivities.” 

All Back of House Brawl events will begin at 9 p.m. with drinks and bites available for purchase from popular food truck vendors such as Truk-N-Yaki, Boqueria Street, Stripchezze and Cousins Maine Lobster. At midnight, spectators can catch a battle between resident mixologists as they put their skills to the test to create the best cocktail, followed by the 1 a.m. Back of House Brawl competition.  

The full 2019 season schedule features:

March 23:                   
Josh Smith (BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA)
Justin Kingsley Hall (formerly of Kitchen at Atomic)
vs.
Emily Brubaker (Michael’s Gourmet Pantry)
Jennifer Murphy (Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen)

April 20:                     
Chris Conlon (Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand)
Geno Bernardo (SUMMIT Club)
vs.
Oscar Amador (EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine)
Alex Pitts (Bazaar Meat by José Andrés)

May 18:                      
Joseph Cadina (Michael Mina Bellagio)
Joseph Mosconi (DW Bistro)
vs.
Scott Green (Golden Entertainment)
Pawan Pinisetti (Top of the World)

September 14:          
Sean Farney (ARIA)
Kaoru “Aze” Azeuchi (Kaiseki Yuzu)
vs.
Brian Howard (Sparrow and Wolf)
Shaun King (formerly of Momofuku)

October 19:                
Sean Griffin (Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA)
Ralph Perrazzo (bBd’s)
vs.
James Trees (Esther’s Kitchen)
Johnny Church (formerly of Golden Entertainment)

November 16:                        
Championship

Guests looking to continue the fun at the conclusion of each Back of House Brawl event can visit On The Record, Park MGM’s nightclub and speakeasy, for complimentary admission with valid local ID.  

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THE PARK
An eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment tucked into rich desert landscaping, The Park is a central gathering place on The Strip’s west side. Visitors can enjoy exciting restaurants such as the popular Californian waffle house Bruxie; New York fan-favorite burger joint Shake Shack; much-loved California Pizza Kitchen; or theatrical hotspot Sake Rok while beverage enthusiasts can indulge in spirits, beers and bites at Beerhaus. Designed with sustainability in mind, The Park’s restaurant corridor recently earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Park is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit theparkvegas.com.

 

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MGM Resorts International
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