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Chef uncorking new steakhouse

Fans of fiery chef Gordon Ramsay will get their first look at his Las Vegas debut – a steakhouse – at the May 11 opening, which coincides with the food extravaganza Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit.

He’ll be bouncing between Gordon Ramsay Steak and the Garden of the Gods pools at Caesars Palace, site of Vegas Uncork’d’s Grand Tasting.

Ramsay’s debut at Vegas Uncork’d will include three menu items at the Grand Tasting: his classic version of roasted Beef Wellington, with potato puree and butter-glazed root vegetables, pan-seared haddock with Irish potato broth and sticky toffee pudding.

In an email, Ramsay said his two-story, 200-seat restaurant at Paris “means there will be some French inspiration.”

Separating the main dining room from the lounge will be a “Euro-tunnel” design.

Other menu items from the Michelin-decorated chef will include his take on signature dishes from some of the world’s most revered restaurants.

Here’s a first look: from London, fish and chips from The Narrow and pork belly accented with candied kumquats and braised chard from Bread Street Kitchen.

Also: fried oysters and smoked beef tartare with Guinness-infused mustard seeds. And, of course, there will be beer, including Innis & Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer, the English-inspired Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA, and, making its U.S. debut, will be John Smith’s ale from North Yorkshire, England.

Vegas Uncork’d runs May 10-13. Information: www.vegasuncorked.com.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

The rumble of jackhammers signals big changes at the Hard Rock Hotel. In the front office, new Chief Operating Officer Paul Pusateri has been assembling a veteran team of nightlife executives, with former OPM/Poetry owner Mike Goodwin the latest addition. Also on board: Brandon Powers, Gino LoPinto, Mike Fuller, Julie Cane, Brian Bork and Paul McGuire. They’ve been hunkered down in a “war room,” strategizing a big push. …

“American Idol” Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks has an eight-week lounge deal at The Indigo at Bally’s. He starts a 7 p.m. schedule on June 26. …

Comedy magician Nathan Burton is hosting The Animal Foundation’s 9th Annual Best in Show fundraiser on Sunday at The Orleans. Featuring 50 shelter dogs, the adoption event starts at 1 p.m. with tickets going for $12 for adults and $5 for kids. Be prepared to fall in love at first sight: Winston, a 10-month-old Papillon female, was brought to the shelter with a badly broken front leg that needed to be amputated. She’s a three-legged bundle of inspiration.

SIGHTINGS

Actress AnnaLynne McCord of CW’s “90210,” with sister Rachel, a Las Vegas resident, at “Viva Elvis” (Aria) on Wednesday night. It was a setup: Rachel’s boyfriend, Alonso, popped the question before the show, and Rachel’s scream of “yessssss” echoed through the theater.

THE PUNCH LINE

“Justin Timberlake announced he is unveiling his own line of home decor things. I haven’t been this excited since Hooters announced they were lifting my lifetime ban.” – Craig Ferguson

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

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