Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

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The website serves as a serious, honest and professional resource on dining, travel and lifestyle for an international readership in search of the best.

André Gayot and a friend bonefishing in the Bahamas
André Gayot and a guide bonefishing in the Bahamas

André Gayot, who with his friends Henri Gault and Christian Millau coined and promoted the term "Nouvelle Cuisine" in the early 1970s, has been directing sophisticated travelers to the world's best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years. His expertise provided a foundation for Gayot guides in the United States, beginning in 1981.

Alain Gayot in flight
Alain Gayot in flight

Alain Gayot, André's son, participated in the launch of the American guide book series and began researching ways to distribute the content electronically, initially with Minitel technology in the early '90s, later with partners of the Prodigy network, and finally on the web with AOL and other media companies. You can follow Alain, here.


Sophie Gayot at CUT being held up by Christophe Bellanca, Wolfgang Puck,  Helene Kennan and Neal Fraser.
Sophie Gayot at CUT being held up by Christophe Bellanca, Wolfgang Puck, Helene Kennan & Neal Fraser. launched in 2002 with rated restaurant reviews and the addition of Sophie Gayot, André's daughter, to the management team. Sophie is in charge of the public relations aspects of the site and is always traveling between Paris and Los Angeles. She has been featured on many entertainment broadcasts, including CBS' The Insider as well as Fox's Hell's Kitchen, where she served as guest judge on the May 20, 2008, June 1, 2010 and October 13, 2010 episodes. She often appears on "The Business Hour" with Frank Mottek on Los Angeles radio KNX 1070 AM, or on Jamie Gwen radio show, talking about her latest discoveries in the City of Angels or City of Lights. You can follow Sophie's adventures and culinary escapades on Sophie Gayot on Twitter! Twitter or on GAYOT's blog!

Today, Gayot's scope has expanded to include hotels, wine, spas, movies, automobiles, cookbooks, fashion, aviation and contemporary culture. From far-flung luxury resorts to sleek sports cars, provides timeless coverage while keeping pace with the latest trends. Written by a team of savvy restaurant critics and food, travel and lifestyle experts, Gayot reviews are informative, honest and witty. Above all, they tell it like it is!

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