- Alessandro Stratta
name = Alessandro Stratta
birthdate =birth date and age|1964|10|29
style = French, Mediterranean, and Italian
California Culinary Academy
ratings = Alex (
Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas) - MobilRating|5|5 - AAA Motor Club Rating|5|5 - Michelin stars Rating|2|3
restaurants = Alex (
Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas)Corsa Cucina ( Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas)
Alessandro Stratta (born
October 29, 1964in Marquette, Wisconsin) is a celebrity chefand restaurateurof mixed Italian and French heritage. Stratta played the role of "Iron Chef Italian" on the televisionshow Iron Chef USA. He was recipient of the James Beard Foundationaward for Best Chef Southwest in 1998cite news |first=Al |last=Mancini |title=Down to Earth: Alex Stratta takes everything seriously except himself |url=http://www.944.com/?page=articles/view&AID=4648 |publisher= [http://www.944life.com 944 Life] |accessdate=2007-11-12 ] and currently is executive chefof his namesake restaurant Alex at the Wynn Las Vegas resortand country clubin Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stratta is a fourth-generation hotelier born to parents from locales well-known for their
culinarytraditions; his Italian father is from the Piedmontregion, and his French mother from Nice along the Côte d'Azur. [cite news |first=Max |last=Jacobson |title=The hottest restaurant in town makes a great impression |url=http://www.lvlife.com/2000/09/dining/story01.html |publisher= [http://www.lvlife.com Las Vegas Life] |date=2000-09 |accessdate=2007-11-19 ] As his father was president of Princess Hotels & Resorts, he spent much of his early life living in luxurious resortsin countries all over the world, including Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, France, Mexico, and Pakistan;cite web |url=http://www.jamesbeard.org/old/events/1999/02/016.html |title=St. Valentine's Dinner |accessdate=2007-11-19 |publisher= [http://www.jamesbeard.org James Beard Foundation] ] cite news |first=Catherine |last=Margles |title=King of Culinary ARTS |url=http://www.creativecookingschool.com/PressItem.asp?PressID=9 |work=Press Release |publisher= [http://www.creativecookingschool.com/default2.asp Creative Cooking School of Las Vegas] |accessdate=2007-11-19 ] this upbringing helped him become fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and English.cite web |url=http://starchefs.com/AStratta/bio.html |title=Alessandro Strata Biography |accessdate=2007-11-19 |publisher= [http://www.starchefs.com StarChefs] ] Stratta attended the California Culinary Academyin San Francisco, Californiaand graduated with honors in 1983.
Stratta began his career as a
patissier-in-training at the Stanford Court Hotel. He then accepted an internshipat the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco; soon after, Alain Ducasseinvited Stratta to join the team at his Louis XV restaurant there. After two years, Stratta returned to the United States, and at Ducasse's recommendation began working for Daniel Bouludat Le Cirque in New York City. Both Ducasse and Boulud acted as mentors who heavily influenced Stratta's development as both a chefand restaurateur; Stratta credits Ducasse with showing him "how to make basic, simple food taste phenomenal", and Boulud for his creative influences as well as business skills.cite news |first=Lori |last=Doss |title=Alessandro Stratta shows mettle with Iron Chef appearance |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_1_36/ai_81529934 |publisher= [http://www.nrn.com Nation's Restaurant News] |date=2002-01-07 |accessdate=2007-11-19 ]
As executive chef
1989, Stratta took on the executive chef position at Mary Elaine's restaurant at The Phoenician resortin Scottsdale, Arizona. While there, he was featured in Food & Wine Magazineas one of "America's Ten Best New Chefs".cite web |url=http://www.foodandwine.com/bestnewchefs/?year=1994&chef=6A4FF638-6E24-41B8-A4690F799B33A4BD |title=Best New Chefs - 1994 - Alessandro Stratta |accessdate=2007-11-19 |publisher= [http://www.foodandwine.com Food & Wine Magazine] ] Under his tenure, the restaurant earned a 4-star rating from the MobilTravel Guide and also received critical acclaim as the best restaurant in the Phoenix area. [cite news |first=R.W. |last=Apple, Jr. |title=ON THE ROAD; Phoenix: A Place In the Sun |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C07E4DD163DF93AA25751C0A96F958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=3 |publisher= [http://www.nytimes.com New York Times] |date=1999-02-19 |accessdate=2007-11-19 ]
1998, Stratta became executive chef of the Renoir restaurant at The Mirage hoteland casinoin Las Vegas, Nevadaafter being invited by Steve Wynn, who at the time was still Chairmanand CEOof Mirage Resorts. The restaurant earned MobilTravel Guide's highest rating of 5 stars just six months after opening.
2005, Stratta opened his namesake restaurant Alex - once again at the invitation of Steve Wynn, but this time for the grand opening of Wynn's namesake casino resortand country club, Wynn Las Vegas. Stratta's restaurant was billed as a "triumph" and has been extremely well-reviewed; [cite news |first=R.W. |last=Apple, Jr. |title=On High-Stakes Tables in Las Vegas: Fish, Not Chips |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C07E4DD163DF93AA25751C0A96F958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=3 |publisher= [http://www.nytimes.com New York Times] |date=2005-10-26 |accessdate=2007-11-19 ] it received ratings of 5 stars from the MobilTravel Guide, [cite web |url=http://mobiltravelguide.howstuffworks.com/fivestar.php |title=Mobil Travel Guide: 2007 Five-Star Hotel and Restaurant Award Winners |accessdate=2007-11-12 ] 5 diamonds from the AAA Restaurant Ratings, [cite news |first=Jennifer |last=Robinson |coauthors=Heidi Knapp Rinella |title=A LITTLE MORE SHINE: LV scores nine winners of AAA's Five Diamond Awards |url=http://www.lvrj.com/business/11169511.html |publisher= [http://www.lvrj.com Las Vegas Review-Journal] ] and 2 stars from the Michelin Guide. [cite web |url=http://www.michelinguide.com/lv_stars08.html |title=Michelin Guide: 2008 Las Vegas Restaurant Award Winners |accessdate=2007-11-14 ]
2001, Stratta was chosen as Iron Chef Italian on the now-defunct television show Iron Chef USA, where he was nicknamed the "Italian Scallion". Although he describes himself as "not that competitive", Stratta decided to appear on the show because he is a fan of the original Iron Chefshow from Japan. In his only battle appearance on the show, he defeated chef Marcus Samuelsson.
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