Michel Richard Credits His Mother as the Inspiration to Becoming a Chef
LAS VEGAS (April 2012) – This Mother’s Day, celebrate at Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace. On Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Central (pronounced sen-TRAHL) will be offering its Mother’s Day 4-course menu at $50 per person. Guests of all ages are invited to celebrate this festive Sunday with mom. Reservations are encouraged.
The dining experience begins with the choice of frisée salad with poached egg and lardons or deviled eggs with anchovy and chive. Selections for the second course include crab soup with Yukon gold potatoes or French onion soup made with a miso base. For the main course, guests may choose Michel’s asparagus salmon or braised lamb shank with creamy polenta. Finally—for dessert, which is Michel’s specialty, select either the chocolate cherry gâteau or cheesecake with raspberry coulis.
The menu showcases many of Richard’s signature dishes that made him the world-renowned, James Beard award-winning chef that he is today. But just as the dishes were inspired by Richard’s unique “French fare with an American twist,” it was his mother whom he credits as his inspiration to becoming a chef.
As Richard explains, it was not easy being raised by a single mother: "When I was very, very young my father left my mom with five kids. To support us, she worked day and night in a factory. I became the cook for my four brothers and sisters. When I was 14, my mother asked me, 'What do you want to be?' I told her I wanted to be a chef. It was she who told me that to be a good chef I should first learn to be a pastry chef. That’s how I got my start.”
Crafted to be not only delicious, but also—in Richard’s own words—“unpretentious and fun,” breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus feature all the dishes he known for at Central in Washington, D.C., plus a substantial number of new dishes created especially for the Caesars Palace location. Central Michel Richard is the world’s first 24 hour restaurant to be helmed by a James Beard award winning chef. Central is located in the heart of the iconic Caesars Palace hotel lobby. The 9,600 square-foot restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus, as well as an extensive roster of specialty beers, wine and cocktails.