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The Gaming Hall of Fame

2012 Inductee

Julian Serrano

Julian Serrano



Julian Serrano, the creative force behind two of the Las Vegas Strip’s best restaurants, is the recipient of two prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards and is widely regarded as one of the finest culinary talents in the nation. A native of Madrid, Serrano is a graduate of the Escuela Gastronomie P.P.O. hotel management school in Marbella, Spain, and has pursued his affinity for French cuisine in some of Europe's most celebrated kitchens.

In 1998, Serrano brought his memorable Mediterranean with French influence cooking to Bellagio in Las Vegas as executive chef of Picasso. The Michelin two-star restaurant has been an 11-time recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award from 2002 to 2012 and has received the coveted Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for its extensive wine list.

At his eponymous restaurant, Julian Serrano, in ARIA Resort & Casino, Serrano satisfies a long-held ambition to share the secrets of his own Spanish cuisine. Featured on the restaurant’s multiple à la carte menus is an ensemble of Serrano’s signature creations including traditional and innovative renditions of tapas, paellas, seafood and more. In 2010, Esquire magazine named Julian Serrano one of the Best New Restaurants of the year. The restaurant also received the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine in 2011.


Further resources

UNLV Gaming Podcast 47-January 2, 2013
Julian Serrano
Chef, Picasso, Julian Serrano, and 2012 Gaming Hall of Fame inducee
In this January 2, 2013 interview, Chef Serrano discusses his career in restaurants, his decision to move to Las Vegas, the pressures of running restaurants in casinos, and offers advice for young chefs.

Listen to the audio file (mp3)

Video interview of Julian Serrano



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