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Wynn Las Vegas Chocolatier Lionel Clement Places Second in World Chocolate Masters Competition

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lionel Clement, the chocolatier at Wynn Las Vegas, has placed second in the World Chocolate Masters Competition, held in Paris from October 14-16. Clement was the U.S. representative in this premium international culinary competition, finishing ahead of 17 other chocolate masters. His winning interpretation of the theme, "Haute Couture," took the form of an avant-garde pair of scissors adorned with the silhouette of a woman's face and an elaborate hat formed from different layers of chocolate with a large spool of chocolate thread positioned at the base of the structure.

To be selected for this prestigious competition, Clement defeated four other pastry chefs and chocolatiers from some of the leading hotels and restaurants in the country at the U.S. finals held in New York City in 2008. The French-born chef has been producing chocolate for Wynn Las Vegas for the past three years and oversees the resort's chocolate room.

The World Chocolate Masters Competition was created in 2004 as the world's finest international culinary competition devoted solely to the creative use of chocolate in all its applications. This year's three-day competition was held in the "Salon du Chocolat Professionnel" exhibition at the Porte de Versailles in Paris. An international jury of 22 of the world's leading chocolate professionals judged contestants based on their work and creativity through the use of chocolate.

About Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts, Limited is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol WYNN and is part of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Indexes. Wynn Resorts owns and operates Wynn Las Vegas (, Encore ( and Wynn Macau ( Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and suites, an approximately 111,000 square foot casino, 22 food and beverage outlets, an on-site 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately 74,000 square feet of retail space.

Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection, opened December 22, 2008. Encore is located immediately adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and features 2,034 suites, approximately 72,000 square foot casino, 12 food and beverage outlets, a night club, a spa and salon, approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting space and approximately 27,000 square feet of upscale retail outlets.

Wynn Macau is a destination casino resort in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and currently features 600 deluxe hotel rooms and suites, approximately 205,000 square foot casino, casual and fine dining in five restaurants, approximately 46,000 square feet of retail space, a health club, pool and spa, along with lounges and meeting facilities.

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