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Saving the Planet at Dinner

on December 03rd, 2015
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The team who prepared the inaugural lunch at the COP21

From left to right: Guillaume Gomez, Yannick Alléno, Frédéric Anton, Nicolas Masse, Alexandre Gauthier, Marc Veyrat, Christelle Brua – Photo courtesy of Guillaume Gomez, chef at the Élysée Palace.


by André Gayot


For the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), some 150 heads of state came to Paris to save the planet and, by the same token, enjoy food. It is compatible. Why would we save the planet if it’s only to survive on boiled potatoes? Yannick Alléno (Ledoyen, Paris), part of the team of France’s top chefs that fed our world moguls during a lunch on the inaugural day, supports the Locavorists.
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Jean-Claude Ribaut eleventh book

Jean-Claude Ribaut eleventh book


Jean-Claude Ribaut, food critic of 20 years for the French daily newspaper Le Monde and GAYOT’s top Paris contributor, has just published a new book dubbed Voyage d’un Gourmet à Paris. The gourmet who made this voyage is also an historian, a sociologist and a philosopher.
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Cognac Louis XIII video

by Sophie Gayot
To celebrate the 140th birthday of Louis XIII Cognac, The House of Rémy Martin came out with a surprise that’s destined for Cognac connoisseurs — for advanced ones, considering the price tag of this very special bottle: $16,000 (plus tax).



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Starfield Vineyards 2012 Cuvée À Gauche Red Blend

Starfield Vineyards 2012 Cuvée À Gauche Red Blend

Price: $55

Rating: 15/20 Continue reading “Starfield Vineyards 2012 Cuvée À Gauche Bordeaux – Wine of the Week” »

Ruhlmann Crémant d'Alsace Brut

Ruhlmann Crémant d’Alsace Brut

Price: $21

Rating: 13.5/20

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Viking Longship Freya of the Viking River Cruises fleet

Viking Longship Freya of the Viking River Cruises fleet

For the second year in a row, Viking River Cruises became a bona fide Guinness World Record holder. In just a little over 24 hours, Viking christened sixteen of its award-winning Longships — nine were launched in Amsterdam, four in Germany and three in France.

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Where to Dine in 2014

on January 03rd, 2014
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How to find the best restaurants

Clockwise from upper left: The Church Key, Hakkasan (Beverly Hills), Lazare (Paris), Hôtel Plaza Athénée (Paris)

by Sophie Gayot
As 2013 has ended, aren’t you looking forward to know where to dine in 2014?
We have a few things that can help.
Listen to my latest interview on chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show, which is now syndicated throughout America, where we discussed (listen to show here):
– chef Michel Richard’s new restaurant in New York, Villard at The New York Palace;
chef Jeff Mahin’s new additions to the Chicago scene, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria;
Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and Sam Marvin’s Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Las Vegas;
– then we went to Paris to talk about the major renovation going on at the Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée, and chef Eric Frechon‘s new gourmet bistro Lazare;
– we finished the journey in Los Angeles at Hakkasan, the new Chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills, and chef Steven Fretz’s The Church Key in West Hollywood, which is already so popular, it’s hard to get a table.

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by Sophie Gayot

It is 18 kilos of a 1,200-page cookbook containing 500 recipes and illustrated by 1,500 photos; 1,000 copies of this book are being sold at € 1,500 by a chef who started in the kitchen at 15, and has been cooking for 25 years. From peeling potatoes at his debut, Yannick Alléno worked his way up to fine dining gastronomy when he took the helm at Le Meurice restaurant in Paris.


The best way to discover this soon-to-become iconic cookbook, Ma Cuisine Française, is to do it with Alléno himself with the video above. Also listen closely to how Alléno wants to redefine French cuisine in this exclusive one-on-one discussion.


To buy the book, you can only do so at


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Francois Delahaye | Alain Ducasse | Sophie Gayot

François Delahaye, Hôtel Plaza Athénée general manager, chef Alain Ducasse with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Although I missed the 100th-anniversary celebration of Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris in April of this year, I was there last night for its “unofficial” closing ceremony. Yes, you read that correctly, the Plaza’s last day was September 30th. Rest assured, it is closing for a good cause: to reopen with even more grandeur (if that is even possible).

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by Sophie Gayot


House of Rémy Martin’s Cognac Louis XIII is made of an assemblage of 1,200 eaux-de-vie of which some are more than one hundred years old. The cellar masters involved in the process have to keep consistency so your palate enjoys the same taste from one bottle to another — especially since they are selling a $2,200 Cognac.

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