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by Sophie Gayot


GAYOT.com brings you the latest restaurant news and reviews every day. But once a year, we compile the best of the best from coast to coast. Sign up now to receive the 2012 edition of our Annual Restaurant Issue, featuring the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., the Top 10 Steakhouses, Top 10 Romantic Restaurants and much more.


The highly-anticipated issue, which will also be available for the very first time as an iPhone app and touch-optimized iPad version, drops on March 28.

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Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony in Sydney

Cruise Like a Rock Star


Modern-day air travel has become a series of frustrating security policies and endless crowds. But for those passengers traveling on a Crystal Cruises’ voyage, flying the friendly skies just got better. The new Crystal VIP Airport Service is the first of its kind from a cruise line, featuring door-to-gate porter service, fast-track processes and entry to restricted-access VIP/Business Class lounges where available. This personalized, 24/7 luxury service can be purchased internationally by all Crystal cruisers, providing a hassle-free airport experience for guests traveling to and from their Crystal ships. Continue reading “Crystal Cruises Introduces VIP Airport Service – Travel News” »



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2012 Almost Famous Chef winner Jennifer Kim with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The winners of the 10th edition of the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition, held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif., have just been announced.


During two challenges, The Mystery Basket yesterday, and The Signature Dish today, ten competitors had to prove to the judges that they can cook. The judges were Eric Ripert, Gary Danko, Jean Joho and Michel Richard (all of whom are chefs at one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.), as well as Jody Adams, Tony Mantuano, Bob Hurley, Susur Lee, Adam Rapoport, James Oseland, Lucy Waverman and me.

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The judges (from left to right): Sophie Gayot, Jean Joho, Susur Lee, Jody Adams, Eric Ripert, Adam Rapoport, Tony Mantuano, Gary Danko, Michel Richard and Lucy Waverman

by Sophie Gayot


Today was The Mystery Basket challenge of the 2012 S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition. For the 10th edition, the ten competitors discovered veal and black kale in the “mystery basket.” They had two hours to create a dish with those two ingredients. The competitors were then presented to the judges (I am one of them) by TV personality Jake Hanover. Each one was given the opportunity to explain their entrée.

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Chef Gary Danko (behind Sophie Gayot, left), Jake Hanover (right), Almost Famous Chef past winners, Almost Chef 2012 Competitors

by Sophie Gayot


Tonight marked the beginning of the 10th edition of the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition. The ten finalists, who will compete Saturday and Sunday, were presented to the judges.


Along with judges Eric Ripert, Gary Danko, Jean Joho and Michel Richard (all of whom are chefs at one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.), as well as Jody Adams, Tony Mantuano, Susur Lee, Adam Rapoport and Lucy Waverman, I will get to judge the finalists during two different challenges: The Mystery Basket and The Signature Dish. We will be spending the next two days in the kitchen of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California.

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Chef Wolfgang Puck with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The picture behind über-chef Wolfgang Puck and me adorns the wall of one of Puck’s many kitchens in Los Angeles. The question is a good one: “What would Wolfgang do?” I think by now the celebrity chef who has catered the Governor’s Ball after the Academy Awards for the past eighteen years really knows what he is doing.


Look at the success of his vast restaurant empire. The latest baby in the basket is simply called Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. After the massive two-year renovation of the legendary hotel, there was no room for mistakes. Read the just-published review of the restaurant to see that none were made.


See inside the restaurant and dishes in our Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air photo gallery.

(Photo by Joseph Switzer)



  • pinitbutton General Motors Buys Stake in Peugeot
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Cadillac, the iconic car of GM

When GM means Grand Marriage


by André Gayot


I love reunions, reconciliations, rapprochements, consolidations, alliances, coalitions, engagements and weddings. They all contain a sign of peace and while they are not always evidence of love, in many cases they demonstrate the power of reason. That’s why I find myself rejoicing at the announcement that American General Motors plans to acquire 7% of French Peugeot. It’s the nicer side of globalization: a marriage of convenience and — even better — perhaps also a marriage of love.


GM (which in this instance could stand for Grand Marriage) has always loved things French. Perhaps this is because it was co-founded by William C. Durant who also co-founded Chevrolet with Louis Chevrolet of French –Swiss descent. Chevrolet later merged with GM, which baptized its prestigious machines with French names like DeVille, Biarritz, Orléans, LaSalle, Pontiac and Corvette. The name of its iconic brand Cadillac, synonymous the world over with luxury, elegance and quality, is borrowed from the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac who founded the city of Detroit — another French name.

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