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Artist Kim McCarty with her husband/restaurateur Michael and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 I am not an art critic, but starting a Saturday evening discovering Kim McCarty’s watercolors was rather pleasant. Her ambiguous fluid figures made me think about the human form in new and intriguing ways. There is no struggle in her designs; they are easy on your eyes, and rather soothing.

 

 In order to avoid the colors to run on the paper, McCarty can only paint horizontally; and it becomes a challenge for her knees when doing the near-size-life-size upper torsos! Her exhibition can be seen at the Kim Light Gallery, 2656 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034 until May 16th.  McCarty’s work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Hammer Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Art. She is the wife of Michael McCarty, the owner of the legendary romantic restaurant Michael’s in Santa Monica, which will be celebrating its 30th birthday in May.



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Judges Gail Simmons from Bravo's Top Chef and chef Michel Richard with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Well I told you I would keep you posted of what happened during the 7th “Almost Famous Chef” competition by Nestlé Waters North America under the Acqua Panna that took place in St. Helena, California on March 7th and 8th 2009.

Below are pictures of the “Signature Dish” competition, held on the second day, with the ten contestants prepping in the kitchen and showing us their creations before we judged them. With just a sous chef from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, they had just four hours to cook two hundred plated tasting portions. to help

I was a judge along with eighteen others, including chef Michel Richard from Citronelle, and Gail Simmons, a regular judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. Hundreds of guests also got to taste and vote for the “People’s Choice” winner.

  Continue reading “2009 Almost Famous Chef Competition” »



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Sophie Gayot judging along with Michel Richard, Gail Simmons, Michael  White, Nick Stellino (visible on the picture)

 

by Sophie Gayot

If you have been following the

2009 Almost Famous Chef competition

by San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. Nestlé Waters North America

I am happy to present you  the dishes that  the ten contestants made from the Mystery Basket, which took place on March 8th as the first part of the contest. I was a judge along with eighteen others.

See the winners of the competition on the awards page. Continue reading “The Competitors with their Mystery Basket” »



And The Winners Are…

on March 08th, 2009
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The winners of the Almost Famous Chef 2009 competition

by Sophie Gayot

 

The winners of the seventh edition of Nestlé Waters North America “Almost Famous Chef” competition under the S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna brands have just been announced. After preparing their signature dish, the ten contestants served it to the nineteen judges, including me. Two hours later, the results were in, and were combined with yesterday’s “Mystery Basket” results to produce an overall winner.

 

They are:

- “Overall Winner”: David Awad, from Connecticut Culinary Institute

- “Mystery Basket”; David Awad, from Connecticut Culinary Institute

- “Signature Dish”: Kendra Orng, from International Culinary School at The Art Institute California, Los Angeles

- “People’s Choice”: Joe Branton, Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.

 

Congratulations to the three winners!

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The Mystery Basket

on March 07th, 2009
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Chef Michel Richard, contestant Daniel Agregard & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Today in St. Helena, California, the first part of the Nestlé Waters North America “Almost Famous Chef” competition under the S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna brands took place at The Culinary Institute of America Greystone. Ten contestants had two hours to prepare a dish with the same set of ingredients, which  they were given in a “Mystery Basket”. This year, it was composed of sturgeon, bacon, asparagus, fingerling potatoes, bay leaf and trumpet mushrooms.
I was a judge, as well as eighteen others, in the seventh edition of this top culinary event. And, yes, I had to go through ten versions and interpretations of “Mystery Basket” dishes. They were all very different. There was a cleat winner, but I can’t announce it until tomorrow.
UPDATE - SUNDAY MARCH 8TH: The results are in.

See the opening party of Friday March 7th.

You can see the dishes all the competitors on a dedicated page.

Continue reading “The Mystery Basket” »



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Harold Dieterle & Sophie Gayot at the opening ceremony of the Almost Famous Chef competition

by Sophie Gayot

 

Seven years ago to celebrate food, Nestlé Waters North America, under its brands S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, created a culinary competition in order find the best new young chef. The “Almost Famous Chef” competition was immediate a success. The seventh edition has just begun tonight in Yountville, California, and I am on the judging panel.

 

The ten finalists, from various culinary schools from the United States and Canada, were presented to the judges by Harold Dieterle, winner of the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef and chef/owner of Perilla in New York. During the next two days, the young chefs will have to prepare different dishes to determine the winner who will be announced on Sunday. Come back tomorrow, as I will keep you posted on the progress.

JUST IN! Sunday, March 8th: Find out who are the winners.

Read all about part 1 of the competition, The Mystery Basket, that took place Saturday March 7th.

Continue reading “New Talent Soon in the Kitchen” »



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Her Excellency Mary McAleese, President of Ireland & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

During her current visit to the United States, Her Excellency Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland, hosted the Tourism Ireland luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

 

The guests, including myself, thoroughly enjoyed the President’s speech, a moving and heart-felt description of her country. With warmth and compassion, she illustrated the importance of the people, the landscape and the culture of Ireland, inspiring us to visit and discover the beauty of this rich island with breathtaking scenery, cultural delights, and captivating cities.



The Human Fortress

on December 12th, 2008
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Artists Gaia Melikian and Evangelos Stolidis with Sophie Gayot under one of their creations


 

EVAIA artists Gaia Melikian and Evangelos Stolidis are creating beautiful pieces of art that emerge from their understanding of the human form. Not only are Melikian and Stolidis the artists but they are also the subjects, having taken photographs of themselves that are then printed on canvas.

 

The lure in these images pulls you in with a gravitational force of another realm, surrounded in mystery, seized by emotion, you find your self in a subconscious battlefield of an erotic suspense. This series of silhouettes, entitled the Human Fortress, capture such intense human emotions and allow for a multitude of interpretations.



Los Angeles’ Men of Style

on December 10th, 2008
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Olimpia Garabet, Store Director & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Last night, Louis Vuitton and GQ magazine honored Los Angeles’ Men of Style. And the winners are: chef/owner of Sona and Comme Ça David Myers; PGA Tour professional Anthony Kim; recording artist Ne-Yo; and actor Ian Somerhalder.

The reception took place at the Beverly Hills store, where the 2008-2009 Louis Vuitton Men’s Collections were displayed. Of course, we also checked out the famous LV monogrammed bags (the most popular selling bags in the world), their fine jewelry as well as the Women’s clothing line. Moët et Chandon champagne was flowing all night, as well as delicate canapés from Bread & Wine and macarons (my favorite was the Earl Grey) from Myers’ pastry shop, Boule.

Sophie is dressed by Paule Vasseur (www.paule-vasseur.com)



  • pinitbutton A Very Elegant Evening to Celebrate the Opening of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills
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Alan Fuerstman founder and CEO of the hotel & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot
 
If you were driving in Beverly Hills at 8:30 pm on Friday, December 5th, you may have seen fireworks. The pyrotechnic display marked the grand opening of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel.

 

The partying took place all through the hotel, from the street level to the 9th floor pool. The event was just gorgeous, with every gentleman in black tie and every lady in a long gown. Champagne, wine (from BV Vineyards 2005 Tapestry and 2006 Chalone Estate Chardonnay)and food were the inseparable partners of the evening.
 


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