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Chef Stephen Hopcraft

Stephen Hopcraft

STK Las Vegas

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Recognizable as a Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestant, as well as from the Food Network’s “Chefs vs. City”, Chef Stephen Hopcraft is the Executive Chef at STK in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Leading the kitchen of “the sexiest steakhouse on the Strip” that averages hundreds of covers nightly, Chef Hopcraft’s culinary creations along with STK’s coveted “vibe dining” make the restaurant the place to see and be seen and keeps guests coming back for more.

Hopcraft credits the beginnings of his culinary journey to his mother’s adventurous cooking style when growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. By adding unique ingredients to staple Midwestern comfort dishes, she created artful yet familiar recipes that would become the basis for Hopcraft’s own approach as a chef. A serendipitous move to the California coast in 1988 led Hopcraft to meet Chef Thomas Vinolus, the proprietor of the Bittersweet Bistro. Becoming Hopcraft’s mentor, Vinolus inspired him to enroll in the prominent California Culinary Academy of San Francisco, where he further honed his skills in embellishing the delicious simplicity of classic dishes and fresh food.

Hopcraft’s talents were quickly recognized and he garnered an internship with Chicago’s renowned chef Charlie Trotter in 1994. From there Hopcraft went on to develop a friendship with highly-acclaimed chef Michael Mina, and worked for his restaurant group in many of Mina’s restaurants, including Aqua, Arcadia, StripSteak and SeaBlue. While working for Mina, Chef Hopcraft was able to truly develop within the culinary world and further push himself to create new and innovative flavor combinations.

Coming into The ONE Group family as the Executive Chef of STK Las Vegas upon its opening in 2010, Chef Hopcraft has brought his years of expertise to the forefront of the modern steakhouse and continues to maintain one of the busiest kitchens on the Las Vegas Strip. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Hopcraft enjoys a game of golf and spending time with his twin daughters

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Chef Brian Howard

Brian Howard

Half Bird

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With a 20+ year culinary career in Las Vegas, 2023 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist Chef Brian Howard earned his stripes working with some of the most celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants on the Strip under world-renowned names such as Thomas Keller, Kerry Simon, Andre Rochat, and David Myers. He has gained the utmost respect from his colleagues and the city’s most prestigious food writers, including one who referred to Howard as “The Most Ambitious Chef in Las Vegas.” The culinary field is known as a profession of passion, and Howard is a bold example of that premise, having believed since he was 10 years old that cooking is in his blood.

Howard’s dedication to his craft has earned him many accolades and opportunities, including being featured on Food Network’s hit television show Chopped, appearing as a judge alongside superstar Chef Gordon Ramsey on Master Chef Jr., and as the winning contender on FYI channel’s Late Night Chef Fight. Howard has most recently been nominated as a 2024 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Southwest award semifinalist and his team was nominated for Best Hospitality Training Program and Community Outreach by the 2023 Industry Excellence Awards, presented by Bar & Restaurant Expo.

His first solo restaurant venture, Sparrow + Wolf, opened in 2017 and has been named by USA Today, Forbes Travel Guide, and Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 Best Restaurants in Las Vegas. The local hot spot has garnered Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” and been named “Best Restaurant” by KNPR’s Desert Companion not once, but twice. Food & Wine magazine said, “Las Vegas finally gets a restaurant it deserves,” and many credit Chef Brian Howard with changing the dynamic of the local dining scene when he stepped off the Strip to debut Sparrow + Wolf in the heart of Chinatown.

He attributes his varied influences to being surrounded by talented people, childhood memories, and his continuous hunger for learning new things every day. “I’ve always had a fight and desire in me to never give up, no matter how rocky the road,” says Howard. “Perseverance has gotten me to where I am today and I love to create memories through food for the locals and visitors of Las Vegas, a city that has been good to me and where my family calls home. I design my menus and my teams with heart, and everything else just falls into place.”

Chef Howard has built his career focused on creating fun, thoughtful, and delicious dining experiences while delivering it all in a convivial dinner party atmosphere. Howard’s keen eye for quality ingredients, bold flavors, and attention to detail, are second only to the most important element for a successful restaurant – those around him. Howard believes if you take care of your people it shows in the food, the hospitality, and the talent cultivated in the restaurant. He’s proud to be an active member of Las Vegas by giving back and currently serving as the chair of the Culinary Council for Three Square, a community food bank. Recently Howard and his restaurants have partnered with the Foundation for Recovery providing employment and training opportunities for recovering addicts in the hospitality industry.

In January 2022 Howard founded Spaghetti on the Wall Hospitality, the umbrella company that houses his hit restaurant Sparrow + Wolf, and Half Bird Chicken & Beer, a leveled-up rotisserie chicken brand with locations popping up across the Las Vegas Valley.

His pantheon of talent at Spaghetti On The Wall are all genuinely passionate about outstanding food, hospitality, and community with the belief that building a culture around those core values is the key to success. Howard takes pride in empowering and embracing the strengths of his team, which gives them the ability to achieve higher rates of guest satisfaction, staff excitement, retention, and long-term business growth.

“Our mission is to build brands that are fun, unique, impactful, and purposeful,” states Howard. “We don’t just create restaurants and bars that serve food and drink – we create dinner parties, a stop for the family on the ride home, that irresistible late-night snack, a well-deserved post-shift drink, and ultimately providing the best meal you’ve ever had!”

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SUSANA RODRIGUEZ

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Susana Rodriguez is originally from Zacatecas, Mexico. She has worked in the restaurant industry for more than 16 years and has worked in numerous positions throughout the kitchen. She heads up at the local Las Vegas favorite Tacotarian and she brings her unique style to new specials and dishes on the menu. Tacotarian is a Mexican Eatery that serves traditional Mexican dishes that happen to be plant-based.
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KEYA CLARK

UNTOUCHABLE TASTE

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My Name is Keya Clark, I am 51 years old. I was born in Omaha NE. My grandmother was from Louisiana. I used to always watch her cook large meals on Sunday morning before church when I was a child. I lived in San Diego Ca, where I started cooking in my church in 2013.. I then started catering for non-profit organizations and various events in the San Diego community.

I moved to Las Vegas NV in 2016, where I worked in various casinos as Chef and room manager. I graduated from the Art Institute in Henderson NV, in 2017.

I Thank God for blessing me with my gift of cooking and preparing meals with ”LOVE”

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SIN CITY WISE GUYS

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Welcome to Sin City Wise Guys, where tradition meets taste in every bite!

As a cherished family establishment, we pride ourselves on serving authentic Chicago Style Italian cuisine crafted from time-honored family recipes using only the finest ingredients.

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of our slow-cooked “Nonna’s marinara sauce,” meticulously simmered for 6 hours to perfection. Savor the succulence of our tender, slow-roasted Italian beef, expertly paired with our signature ‘catch the juice’ sandwich dip.

Delight in the richness of our hand-rolled meatballs, prepared with care and attention to quality. Experience the difference of our all-natural handmade Italian ice, bursting with real fruit flavor and devoid of any artificial colors or flavors. And when it comes to our sandwiches, only the best will do – served on Chicago’s own Turano bread, baked fresh daily for unparalleled freshness and taste.

At Sin City Wise Guys, customer satisfaction is paramount. That’s why we invite you to sample any item on our menu, free of charge, ensuring every purchase leaves you thoroughly delighted.

Come join us and taste the tradition today!