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Chef Hubert Keller shares his delicious secrets

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Chef Hubert Keller
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Don’t be surprised if you see a lot more of ponytailed chef Hubert Keller around Las Vegas this winter. The man behind Burger Bar at Mandalay Place and the newly opened Fleur at Mandalay Bay (formerly Keller restaurant Fleur de Lys) starts filming this month for Season 3 (premiering this spring) of his PBS cooking series Secrets of a Chef. The show, which features Keller giving tips on how to make favorite dishes like smoked short ribs and stuffed veal loin, will shoot for the first time in Las Vegas on a new 400-square-foot kitchen set that Keller says is modeled after his own kitchen. “I have a big kitchen,” he laughs. “The idea is what I have at home, so lots of counter space, but also a demonstration kitchen, so camera-friendly. The whole kitchen is also designed for a lefty because I’m a lefty. Lots of thought went into it.”

And lots of thought goes into re-creating the feeling of discovery Keller experienced as a 16-year-old apprentice at a three-star Michelin restaurant in France. “You gained a respect for the food and a respect for the ingredients, and they showed you things that suddenly your eyes opened up,” he recalls. Now, Keller’s doing the same for his viewers. “It’s like going to see a good concert and a very few people get a backstage pass. I’m sharing techniques. I’m sharing tricks. We’re making sure that the viewer who watches it goes, ‘Oh, that’s how it’s really done.’”

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