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The Lincoln Motor Company previews the Lincoln Continental Concept 30-Way Seats

The Lincoln Motor Company previews the Lincoln Continental Concept 30-Way Seats


First-Class Travel Behind the Wheel


The Lincoln Motor Company has once again revolutionized the way we travel. At an event in Los Angeles, the automaker previewed its newest creation — the Lincoln Continental Concept 30-Way Seats. Continue reading “Lincoln Continental Concept 30-Way Seats” »

Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner

Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner

Dinner at the Whole Foods Market

by André Gayot


That a Moslem nation grows vine and makes wine with its grapes is a no-brainer established fact for a long time. Less expected is that its nationals — along with tourists though — drink it, as their religion prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Continue reading “The Rise of the Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Wines” »

Ethiopian Airlines' Dreamliner

Ethiopian Airlines’ Dreamliner

Saturday June 20, 2015 marks the inaugural Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Los Angeles with a stopover in Dublin. This celebrates a momentous occasion for the fast growing airline ( and already the largest in Africa) since it is the first direct service connecting Africa to the West Coast of the United States. 

Continue reading “Ethiopian Airlines Begins Flights to Los Angeles” »

Roger Vergé

Roger Vergé presenting artistically prepared dishes

Renowned French chef Roger Vergé passed away at his home in Mougins, France on June 5. He was 85.

Vergé was best known as one of the founding fathers of the cooking style nouvelle cuisine (cuisine of the sun), a term coined by Henri Gault, Christian Millau and André Gayot at GaultMillau/GAYOT Publications in the early ’70s. The style takes elements of French cooking and emphasizes fresh and flavorful ingredients presented in simple but artfully prepared dishes.

Continue reading “Nouvelle Cuisine Pioneer Roger Vergé Passes Away” »



Andrés foie gras cotton candy

Chef José Andrés foie gras cotton candy




by Sophie Gayot



SLS, Savor Liver Slowly

Come celebrate the return of foie gras to California’s tables at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on April 14, 2015.
You will enjoy foie gras in many shapes and forms in the peaceful and intimate décor at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ tasting room hidden away from the busy and bustling Bazaar restaurant.

Continue reading “Fifteenth GAYOT Dinner Series” »

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner.

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner of LA 2015 Cochon 555 competition. From left to right: Kris Morningstar of Terrine, Steven Fretz of The Church Key, Ricardo Zarate, Toni DiSalvo of CAST, Ray Garcia 2014 Grand Cochon winner, Brady Lowe founder of Cochon 555.

by Sophie Gayot


UPDATE, MARCH 29TH: And the winner is chef Walter Manzke of République. Congratulations! But I have to say that all the chefs put lots of time and efforts to create tasty dishes, and served them putting on a show. See all the photos below.


There are many cooking competitions, but Cochon 555 is a special one — so much passion! The participating chefs start getting crazy a month before, and the frenzy keeps building as the event gets closer. (The event has gained so much momentum that the winner now includes the title in his bio.) Brady Lowe started this traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which includes five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers, and throughout its seven years of existence more than 11 tons of heritage pork have been served around the country.

Continue reading “2015 Cochon 555 Competition in Los Angeles” »







by Sophie Gayot


Who better to tell us about the Champagne that will be served this Sunday at the Oscars® than the President of la Maison de champagne? This afternoon I had the pleasure to meet with Cécile Bonnefond, who is the head of PIPER-HEIDSIECK. Cécile Bonnefond took me on a bubbly tour and presented the wines that will uplift the atmosphere of the 87th Academy Awards® to be held at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood. Watch my exclusive video interview with Madame Bonnefond.

Continue reading “The Champagne of the Oscars®” »

The hungry crowd at the 10th Annual NYC Vendy Awards

The hungry crowd at the 10th Annual NYC Vendy Awards

by David Farley

The tenth-annual Vendy Awards took place on Governors Island in New York City on Saturday, September 13, 2014. With a pregnant sky looming above, the festivities hit full stride as soon as the grills were fired up and burners switched on, with vendor contestants ringing a football field-sized space. Continue reading “NYC’s 10 Annual Vendy Awards Draws Crowds to Governors Island” »

Sunset & Dine takes place October 2nd

The Annual Festival Showcase’s the Neighborhood’s Best Culinary Talent

The third annual Sunset & Dine is a celebration of the often overlooked culinary scene of the famed Sunset & Vine intersetion, taking place Thursday, October 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex on Vine. The Los Angeles Film School, located nearby, is the primary sponsor of this year’s event.


Continue reading “Third Annual Sunset & Dine Takes Over Hollywood” »



The bar at L'Apicio restaurant in New York City

The bar at L’Apicio restaurant in New York City

Chill Out with a Refreshing Italian Red

by Michelle Kwan

Move over rosé: there’s a new chilled summer wine on the market. Fichimori is a stunning new red, predominantly comprised of Negroamaro grapes, which are native to certain parts of Italy but rarely used in international winemaking. Finished off with just a splash of Syrah, this chilled red blend from the Puglia region could prove to be a sweet Southern Italian alternative to bottles of the pink stuff.

Continue reading “Fichimori: A Red Wine for Summer” »

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