The World's Best Mexican Chefs to Debut in Las Vegas

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Pujol and Cosme's celebrated chefs hit the strip come March 19. 

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Las Vegas is continuously offering discerning gourmands an exciting smorgasbord of dining options, from innovative private dining rooms to a new wave of entertainment dining

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And one of 2020's most anticipated new additions comes from the team behind acclaimed restaurants Cosme and Atla in New York City, and Pujol in Mexico City, an American Express Global Dining Collection partner that's currently ranked the 12th best restaurant in the world (and first in North America).  

Renowned restaurateurs Enrique Olvera, Santiago Perez, and The World's Best Female Chef 2019, Daniela Soto-Innes will be bringing their new contemporary high-end Mexican restaurant, Elio, to the Wynn Las Vegas, an American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts property. The "celebratory" eatery will open next month, occupying the lively space adjacent to the Wynn's Encore Beach Club.

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"We’ve always been fans of Las Vegas," the chefs told Departures. As well as showcasing Mexico's rich culinary traditions with the finest regional and seasonal ingredients from Nevada, New Mexico, and California, their new venture Elio is also going to be decidedly Las Vegas in spirit.

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Expect some of the menu items to play on "Las Vegas show food", including seafood towers "with different raw foods found in Mexico" and huge cotton candy with a Mexican twist. 

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Small plates and appetizers featuring a heavy emphasis on seafood will be paired with signature shareable entrees. And not forgetting the bar and lounge, which will showcase Mexico’s best agave-based spirits which the chefs hope will keep diners dancing after dinner. The motto in the kitchen is "always learning, always eating, always dancing," Soto-Innes explained. 

“Expect a festive atmosphere where design and interior details lead you to feel the elegance and simplicity of the Nevada landscape,” Olvera said. "When you think about Las Vegas, you think about Sinatra and the golden years," as such, the décor at Elio will be inspired by Mexican cinema's golden years in the 1940s and 1950s.

Weekend brunch will be served in Elio’s lounge and the dining room will be open nightly.