2015 FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas: The Chefs Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Posted by Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International


Las Vegas, Nevada - March 9, 2015 - In a city recognized as the "Entertainment Capital of the World," the Taylor Harris Club presented by the National Horse Show will become Las Vegas' main attraction this April. International competitors will embark on a five-day battle of the world's best, with the Taylor Harris Club offering unparalleled amenities during the long-anticipated Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, April 15-19, 2015.
Taylor, Harris Insurance Services (THIS) has a long history in the sport, and as the sponsors of the VIP hospitality experience, they aim to make it unforgettable. The 2015 World Cup Finals will mark the sixth time that Las Vegas has been host to the prestigious finals; however, THIS is revamping the experience with an exclusive package for VIP ticket holders that includes access to the National Horse Show Corporate Suite and the Taylor Harris Club, as well as deluxe food and beverages, wine tastings, Las Vegas entertainment and tickets to all events. 
The fine dining available at the Taylor Harris Club presented by the National Horse Show will showcase a collection of chefs from Bellagio Las Vegas, the official VIP Host Hotel, featuring a gourmet item of the day. The impressive list includes Chef Royden Ellamar of Sensi; Chef Edmund Wong, Executive Chef for Bellagio; and Chef Patrick Lee of Noodles. The questions remains, however, who are the men slicing and dicing behind the scenes?
Chef Ellamar, grew up around food and sustainable food practices in a farming family in Hilo, Hawaii. He carries this "community" food as not only a pillar of his preparation and presentation, but also as a benchmark within his cooking. He works with local farmers and food suppliers to guarantee that the healthiest produce is brought to the restaurant table. Prior to Sensi he worked at the Four Seasons Restaurant Hualalai, and was the chef de cuisine at the Seasons Restaurant at The Four Seasons Chicago. Ellamar is well-known for his interesting and popular combinations of yellowtail sashimi with Maui onion salsa, Sensi rolls with black truffle combined with tuna tartar and Thai coconut and shrimp soup flavored with kaffir lime and lemongrass. His creativity will bring a new style to the palates of guests at the FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas.

Chef Royden Ellamar of Sensi; Chef Edmund Wong, Executive Chef for Bellagio and Chef Patrick Lee of Noodles.
Chef Royden Ellamar of Sensi; Chef Edmund Wong, Executive Chef for Bellagio and Chef Patrick Lee of Noodles.

Chef Wong, Executive Chef of the AAA Five Diamond resort, the Bellagio, was born in Hong Kong and raised on the west coast of Canada. He began his culinary career in his home city of Vancouver, British Columbia. His approach to food draws on his Asian background and classical European training.  Wong's style is to keep food simple and natural, focusing on the intensity of individual flavors and the harmony of regional ingredients. As executive chef of Bellagio, Wong oversees all culinary operations of 20 food and beverage outlets, including a team of 900 cooks, menu development and food preparation. Wong takes time to educate his chefs on the products they use in the kitchen and their purpose within dish presentation.  He also works closely with local suppliers, farmers and foragers to ensure that the highest-quality ingredients available are served in his restaurants.
A native of Singapore, Noodles Executive Chef Patrick Lee considers working at Bellagio his greatest achievement. Chef Lee uses the Chinese cooking techniques as well as the balance of spices his mother taught him as a young child to provide guests with delectable, authentic Asian noodle dishes. Chef Lee strives to maintain high customer satisfaction, accomplishing the task with innovative dishes and unrivaled experience. With his expansive experience and knowledge, Lee has mastered everything from soba and ramen to the inevitable Pad Thai, winning the hearts and appetites of guests with his mentality that his cuisine tastes different and is distinct because it's made flawlessly.  

The name Taylor, Harris has been seen at some of the nation's top sporting events through their sponsorships at leading shows such as Brandywine, the eventing showcase at Great Meadow and the American Gold Cup, as well as their VIP and hospitality sponsorship at the always sold-out Taylor Harris Club at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.


The Taylor Harris Club, presented by the National Horse Show, is only steps away from the front entrance to the Thomas & Mack Arena, offering VIP guests an extraordinary five-star experience. On top of the first-class cuisine and service provided by some of the best chefs of Las Vegas, guests will enjoy a Southern Wine and Spirits Expo complete with a sampling of an artful collection of fine wines, spirits and champagne, as well as the opportunity to interact with a master sommelier.
The exclusive VIP hospitality epitomizes THIS' attention to detail and its dedication to the equestrian sport.
"We are thrilled to join the Las Vegas World Cup Finals as the sponsor of the VIP Hospitality experience," said Michael Taylor, the President of Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. "For the last three years, we have received wonderful reviews from guests of the Taylor Harris Club at the National Horse Show, and we are excited to partner with the National Horse Show for such a prestigious event, and really bring a 'Wow' factor to attendees. We look forward to a week of brilliant competition, and an experience that everyone will remember for years to come."

Whether the needs are straightforward or complex, for one horse or many, Taylor, Harris Insurance Services works with their clients to make sure they are equipped with the insurance coverage that's right for each individual case. THIS places all policies with the highest rated and most secure insurance carriers, which are also selected for their prompt and reliable claims settlement.
The action begins Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with the warm-up classes for both jumping and dressage. Actual competition begins on Thursday, April 16 with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix at noon, followed by the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Round I at 7:00 PM. 
Competition continues the next day, Friday, April 17, with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freestyle Rehearsal at 7:30 AM, the Las Vegas Dressage Showcase at noon and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Round II at 7:00 PM.
Saturday, April 18 features the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final (Freestyle) at noon, followed by the Show Jumping Grand Prix of Las Vegas at 7:00 PM. The competition concludes on Sunday, April 19, with the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Round III at noon. All times are local time.
Spectators have a variety of ticketing options from which to choose, but the VIP package, which includes one premier all-session seat and access to the Taylor Harris Club Presented by the National Horse Show for $1,500 per person, gives guests the opportunity to watch the action unfold in style.

Taylor, Harris Insurance Services (THIS), is a specialist equine insurance service that has been providing wide-ranging products developed from both the U.S. and London markets. THIS policies include coverage for show hunters, jumpers, eventing and dressage horses. Taylor, Harris's expert in-house staff is on hand to help you with your selection. For further details visit or call 1.800.291.4774.