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May

The chefs who donated their time for the 2009 Flavors of Los Angeles Culinary Gala with Sophie Gayot
The chefs who donated their time for the 2009 Flavors of Los Angeles Culinary Gala with Sophie Gayot, holding roses from Cherry Blossom 

By Sophie Gayot

 

Last night, the Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation held its third annual Flavors of Los Angeles culinary gala, where I was acting as honorary chair, also for the third time. The event took place at City National Bank Plaza in downtown Los Angeles and began with a cocktail reception and a silent auction. Afterwards, eight Los Angeles chefs prepared a five-course feast with wine pairings for their personal tables of ten guests. I had the pleasure of mingling and interviewing each of them as they were cooking right in front of the patrons. Each table had a different meal, and I can assure you that they were all good.

 

On behalf of the American Liver Foundation, I would like to thank the chefs who donated their time and talent to support an evening which benefits so many in Los Angeles (listed in alphabetical order): Andy Cook, The London West Hollywood; Celestino Drago, Drago Centro; Katie Hagan-Whelchel, Beso; Calvin Holladay, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Kevin Meehan, Cafe Pinot; Gabriel Morales, Provecho; John Rivera Sedlar, Rivera; Shigefumi Tachibe, Chaya Downtown.

Continue reading “An Elegant Dinner for a Cause” »



Sophie Gayot and her son

Sophie Gayot and her son

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and Alain and I are so happy to have our mom visiting with us now. Of course the Gayot family tradition is to have a fabulous Mother’s Day meal in one of the world’s great restaurants.

 

Throughout our travels we have found many wonderful places to enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch. Even at the last minute, there are lots of great restaurants taking Mother’s Day reservations all across the U.S.

 

In France, we celebrate Mother’s Day at the end of May and I am looking forward to another great meal with my mother and with my own fabulous son.



Bob Peirce, British Consul General in Los Angeles, his wife Sharon Harroun and Sophie Gayot

Bob Peirce, British Consul General in Los Angeles, his wife Sharon Harroun and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

What a better way to keep in touch with Great Britain and entice you to go there, than to bring some of its culture, creativity and energy directly to our doorstep, at least for those who had a chance to experience Los Angeles’ “BritWeek.”

 

The English are famous for their sense of humor, so the “week” is, in fact, spread over the course of three, starting on April 16th and ending May 8th. British Consul General in Los Angeles, Bob Peirce, plays a dominant role in this huge organization.

 

Last night during a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum, I had a chance to chat with him. He shared with me the good news that the pound has fallen against the U.S. dollar, making Great Britain much more affordable!

 



04

May

Husband and wife Michael and Kim McCarty with father and daughter André and Sophie Gayot

Husband and wife Michael and Kim McCarty with father and daughter André and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Michael‘s, the eponymous restaurant of Michael McCarty in Santa Monica, California, was packed yesterday with faithful clients, friends and colleagues celebrating the 30th anniversary of this landmark house with Michael and his artist wife Kim. The buffets were stupendous, up to the stainless reputation of this regarded table.

 

Indeed, three decades of consistent success in Tinseltown, where the life span of an eatery is often times shorter than that of a cactus flower, can be considered an historical achievement worthy of merited kudos. Michael and Kim were justly entitled to appear radiant in their “ravishing” garden as we described it in our review of Michael’s in 1982, and the charm still floats on the patio.

Continue reading “Michael (almost) Angelo” »



Michel Richard tasting Jean Joho's perfect risotto with Sophie Gayot

Michel Richard tasting Jean Joho’s perfect risotto with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

 

Today, at the Second Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine extravaganza, I enjoyed a dream lunch prepared by chefs Michel Richard from Citronelle in Washington, D.C., and Jean Joho from Everest in Chicago.

Sponsored by Lexus, the meal was based on the king of mushrooms, the truffle.
The talented pair cooked right in front of us, and even filled the tent with smoke!

Continue reading “At Table with Two of Our Top 40 US Chefs” »


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05

Apr

La Tour Eiffel, the most visited monument in the world

La Tour Eiffel, the most visited monument in the world

 

Worldwide, millions walk and jog. This morning more than 31,000 participants ran the 33th Paris Marathon. Starting at the bottom of the most beautiful avenue of the world, Les Champs-Elysées, they looped around the City of Lights to finish on the gorgeous avenue Foch. It seems that to get the best views of the city, it was better to be one of the helicopter pilots covering the event than an actual marathoner.

 

 

 

The weather was just perfect for this ultimate race, where the winner, Vincent Kipruto of Kenya, broke the record of the Paris competition by 33 seconds, finishing the 41,195 kilometers (26 mi., 385 yds) in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 47 seconds. Bazu Worku from Ethiopia finished second (2:06:15), while another Kenyan, David Kiyeng, took third (2:06:26). For the women, Ethiopian Atsede Bayisa won in 2:24:42 over her compatriot Aselefech Mergia (2:25:02). The surprise came from Christelle Daunay of the home country who took third place in 2:25:44. Did you know that women weren’t officially allowed to run marathons until 1972 (Boston) and at the Olympics in 1984 in Los Angeles?



1992 Olympic Champion in women's singles Kristi Yamaguchi with Sophie Gayot

1992 Olympic Champion in women's singles Kristi Yamaguchi with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot
Besides trying many different foods, I also very much enjoy ice skating. So last night what better place could I have been than at Staples Center to attend the first day of the World Figure Skating Championships. Of course I had to have dinner first and decided to head to the new Rock ‘N Fish restaurant at L.A. Live. I enjoyed sampling the signature dishes made famous by its parent location in Manhattan Beach.

Accompanied by two former world competing figure skaters, Danielle Carr McGrath (1992, 1994, 1998 Olympic Competitor, 14-time World Pairs competitor, 19-time Australian National Pair Champion) and Lily Lee Fugier (1994 Olympic Competitor, 6-time World Figure Skating Competitor, 5-time Korean National Champion), I watched the Pairs Short Program, (2 minutes and 40 seconds with 7 required elements) in complete and utter amazement. I’m glad we stayed until the very end as the winners, German skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, performed last.

Click here to see the winners of the 2009 Pairs Short program of the World Figure Skating Championships.

Continue reading “Another Dining Experience at L.A. Live” »



A Sweet Afternoon

on March 21st, 2009
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21

Mar

All of us celebrating Jacques Torres's new book

All of us celebrating Jacques Torres’s new book

By Sophie Gayot

Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, got help from a few of his fellow chef friends while in town to celebrate the release of his third book. “A Year in Chocolate” is all about chocolate recipes for holidays and special occasions, including eighty ultimate creations for all chocolate lovers. The event was held at his wife’s store Madame Chocolat in Beverly Hills, a dream shop for many of us.

 

 

Just as we were taking the photo with Jacques his wife Hasty, and chefs Denis Depoitre (The Dining Room), Bruno Lopez, Sylvain Rivet (Amuse Bouche), Remi Lauvand and Guy Gabriele (Café Pierre),  restaurateur and interior designer Barbara Lazaroff (Spago) walked in and suddenly made the picture much better!



 

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

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.



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

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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