Letter of the Week
I JUST READ THE EXTENSIVE ARTICLE ON RESTAURANTS THAT WAS IN THE SUN THIS MORNING. I READ THE WHOLE THING AND NOT ONCE WAS ANDRE ROCHET’S NAME MENTIONED.
ANDRE OPENED HIS FIRST RESTAURANT HERE IN 1980. IT WAS DOWN TOWN ON 6TH. STREET AND WE FIRST DINED THERE ON OUR 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IN 1981. OVER THE YEARS WE ENJOYED GOING THERE MANY TIMES AND ALSO CELEBRATED OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY THERE IN 2006. WE WERE SO DISAPPOINTED WHEN WE HEARD THAT ANDRE WAS CLOSING THAT RESTAURANT.
HOWEVER, HE STILL HAS HIS RESTAURANT AT THE MONTE CARLO ON THE STRIP AND ALSO ONE AT THE PALMS. MY QUESTION IS,”HOW COULD YOU WRITE SUCH AN ARTICLE AND NOT INCLUDE ANDRE ROCHET?” HE IS ONE OF THE FIRST GREAT CHEFS TO OPEN A RESTAURANT IN LAS VEGAS AND IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THE BEST.
SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT INCLUDING HIM.
MR. AND MRS. ANNOYED AT ANDRÉ’S ABSENCE
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Annoyed,
We meant no disrespect to Chef André Rochat. In fact, we still hold dear to our hearts the time he told us (in 1998) that we were “…the only critic in town who knows anything about food.”
However, if you read the article carefully, you will see it was not about any one chef or one chef’s accomplishments, but rather, how our city as a whole needs to do a better job promoting the restaurant culture for which it is so famous nationally and internationally.
No one denies that Chef Rochat has been a pioneer of Vegas fine dining, and has elevated our community for over thirty years with his restaurants. However, whatever recognition he now wishes for and no longer receives is (sadly) his own fault. He should have reconsidered long ago his position that a certain critic (especially with the reach of this one) should be banned from his restaurants. Maybe then, he would now find himself being fêted as the godfather of our culinary culture (as he deserves to be) instead of being marginalized and battling bankruptcy all the time.