Las Vegas and the culinary world lost one of its favorite star chefs early this morning when “Iron Chef” star Kerry Simon passed away at Nathan Adelson Hospice. He was still young and handsome at 60 years of age.
The rock and roll chef who had restaurants at Palms Place, Harrah’s and downtown at Carson Kitchen had fought a brutal, 2-year debilitating fight against the hideous brain disease Multiple System Atrophy. He didn’t smoke or drink alcohol, preferring his favorite juices regimen.
“She was staring straight into his eyes and laughing at all his jokes,” a fellow diner said.
"— or worse — retorts to other elected officials seeking an audience or reporters wanting interviews with him. Maloof ruled a pair of unlikely domains: on the one hand as the Democratic chief executive officer of the 3 million-a-year De Kalb County government, and on the other as the principal owner of Manuel's Tavern on North Highland Avenue.
Maloof's death marks the passing of an era in Georgia politics before elected office-seekers became pasteurized by image consultants and focus groups. Maloof, who rarely wore a tie, was known for his public tirades and his "What the hell do you want?
Earlier this year, the Maloof family restructured its debt, and Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital became the hotel’s majority owners, leaving the family with just 2 percent of the property.
George Maloof is no longer in charge of day-to-day operations—he’s been moved upstairs to the chairman’s desk.