And the LA Winners Are…!

by Sophie Gayot

On Valentine’s Day, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Frank Mottek of KNX1070 about our 2011 Restaurant Issue.

Since his daily show, the KNX Business Hour, airs locally, we discussed the Los Angeles winners in the following categories:

Top 40 Restaurants in the US — there were five local winners: Mélisse, Patina, Providence, Spago Beverly Hills, Urasawa
Top 10 New Restaurants in the USThe Royce was our choice
Top 10 Steakhouses in the USCUT at the Beverly Wilshire
Top 10 Insider Picks in the USThe Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Top 5 Rising Chefs in the USChef Jordan Kahn at Red Medicine.

If you missed the show, you can listen to it here.

I also mentioned Cleo and Savory, two new restaurants, for their very reasonable prices. For more about new restaurants in Los Angeles, visit’s New & Notable list.

A Savory Experience

by: Sophie Gayot

Chef Paul Shoemaker had a Chumash Indian blessing ceremony when Savory, his Malibu restaurant, opened. We’d like to believe that the sacred vibe of the Chumash permeates the California bistro, and that Savory will be a success.

Many elements are there for the beach town residents: an elegant, yet casual and welcoming décor; very fresh local produce; tasty cuisine; low prices (the most expensive dish is $16); a quality wine list; and very good service.

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Chicago Restaurant Week Starts Friday

The Bristol is one of 200-plus Windy City restaurants participating in Chicago Restaurant Week (photo courtesy of Neil Burger.)

by Jennifer Olvera

Just in time for a much-needed winter relief, Chicago Restaurant Week hits February 18-27 — yes, it’s longer than seven days — giving diners access to over 200 prix-fixe menus priced at $22 during lunch and usually $33 or $44 during dinner, plus drinks, tax and gratuity. We think it’s a pretty sweet deal.

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Los Originales, the most popular radio show in South America, airs daily on La X 103.9 FM in Colombia
Los Originales, the most popular radio show in South America, airs daily on La X 103.9 FM in Colombia

by: Sophie Gayot

Parece que los EE.UU. no es el único país interesado en el 10 mejores nuevos restaurantes en los EE.UU. que nos aparece en la edición 2011 Restaurante. Miércoles por la tarde, tuve el placer de discutir nuestras selecciones con el famoso periodista colombiano Jaime Sánchez Cristo en su programa dario de radio “Los Originales”, que se transmite de Colombia en La X 103.9 FM. Usted puede escuchar la entrevista, tanto en Inglés y Español, y escuchar los nombres de los ganadores.

It seems that the US is not the only country interested in the Top 10 New Restaurants in the US that we published in the 2011 Restaurant Issue. Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of discussing our selections with famous Colombian journalist Jaime Sánchez Cristo on his daily radio show Los Originales that airs from Colombia on La X 103.9 FM. You may listen to the interview, both in English and Spanish, and hear the names of the winners.

Continue reading “ 2011 10 Mejores Nuevos Restaurantes de Los Estados Unidos” » 2011 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US

by: Sophie Gayot

To make our annual list of the Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US, there are two rules: the chefs have to be under 30, and have to be quite talented, with expectation of a bright future in the highest echelon of the culinary world.

Watch my exclusive video interview above with chef Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine in Beverly Hills, and see why we made him one of our selections.

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