John Curtas "Best of 2005" Honors Awarded to Las Vegas Restaurants, Chefs and Executives
John Curtas, restaurant critic for News 88.9 KNPR, awarded prizes Friday (Dec. 16, 2005) to Las Vegas restaurants, chefs and owners in recognition of dining excellence. Fleur de Lys at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino received the top honor as John's Restaurant of the Year, 2005.
A reviewer for more than 10 years, Curtas is Las Vegas' longest serving restaurant critic. His weekly commentary, 'Food for Thought' is a popular feature on News 88.9 KNPR. His 2005 awards went beyond recognition of outstanding food and included all elements including service, design and even beverages that make a gastronomic experience exceptional.
Those honored are:
Restaurant of the Year 2005: Fleur de Lys
Chef of the Year 2005: Alex Stratta
Pastry Chef of the Year 2005: Gregory Gourreau
Rising Star of the Year 2005: Mark LoRusso
Sommelier of the Year 2005: Kevin Vogt
Hidden Treasure Restaurant of the Year 2005: Marc's Authentic Italian Steakhouse
Best Entrée of the Year 2005: Miso Glazed Red Snapper with Yuzu Sauce
Chocolatier of the Year 2005 - Frederick Robert
Best Cocktails of the Year 2005: Sensi
Best Dessert in the Desert 2005: Chocolate-Nutella Beignets with Crème Anglais
Excellence in Management and Service 2005: Le Cirque/Osteria del Circo
Excellence in Restaurant Design 2005: Prime
Restaurant of the Year 2004: Postrio
In addition to his work as a commentator for KNPR, Curtas has written about Las Vegas restaurants extensively for various guide book publications including: "Time Out Las Vegas," "Fodor's Las Vegas," "Best Places Guide to Las Vegas," "Citysearch Las Vegas," and "The Best Of Las Vegas." He's also a contributor to John Mariani's "The Virtual Gourmet" website, and has been published in New York Magazine and "The Art of Eating."
When not eating out more than anyone else in Las Vegas, Curtas can be found practicing business law and trying civil lawsuits in Clark County District Court.