Kerry Simon being honored with Hard Rock memorabilia case

Ailing chef Kerry Simon will have a culinary memorabilia case unveiled in his honor on July 17 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "This place has always honored rock stars and we think of Kerry as a rock star," said Don Marrandino, a top executive with Hard Rock parent company Warner Gaming. The 59-year-old Simon, known as the Rock and Roll chef for his celebrity clientele, went public in December with the news that he has an aggressive form of Parkinson's Disease. Then-Hard Rock owner Peter Morton and Marrandino recruited Simon and Elizabeth Blau to the Hard Rock in 2002. While at Simon Kitchen & Bar, he won an "Iron Chef" episode and later moved to Palms Place to open Simon. The above photo was taken in May at the Epicurean food event at The Palazzo. (Norm Clarke/Las Vegas Review-Journal)