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Jan

  • pinitbutton Legendary Lenôtre Dies at 88
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Legendary French pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre

by André Gayot

In the late 1960s, Yves Bridault, the chief editor of Le Nouveau Guide Gault-Millau that we founded with my friends, used to visit his aging mother on Sundays. Prior to ringing her bell, he would stop nearby at a small pastry shop.

The young pastry chef had just arrived from his native Normandy and was trying to make his way in Paris. Yves liked the gâteaux this chef was creating and wrote about him in the magazine. Rapidly, the chef’s reputation rose beyond the limits of the 16th arrondissement. Soon, his pâtisserie was filled with gourmets rushing to taste his creations and Gaston Lenôtre acquired well deserved renown as one of the best pastry chefs in Paris. Forty years later, that talented young pâtissier was the head of a worldwide empire of pastry shops and restaurants (Le Café Lenôtre) which included the U.S.
His ambassadors to America was Michel Richard (Michel Richard Citronelle, Central Michel Richard, Citrus at Social, Citronelle by Michel Richard), who hoisted himself to the rank of the best chef in the nation.

 

Gaston Lenôtre, who was the arm of “Nouvelle Cuisine” for pastry (which he made lighter and tastier according to the nouvelle philosophy), passed away this Thursday. We mourn a great innovator and, even more, a friend.



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Nov

  • pinitbutton Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé!
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Sophie Gayot with chefs Sylvain Rivet of Amuse Bouche, Sebastien Pfeiffer of Sofitel LA and Akira Hirose of Maison Akira

by Sophie Gayot

The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived in America, as it does every year in late November. One of the celebrations took place last night at the prestigious Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.

Last night when I got there, a little late I admit, the response  was so great that the young wine had already been poured. But fortunately, I had a tasting the day before.

Read our impressions here.

The food was provided by the chefs from The Club Culinaire of French Cuisine.



Birthday in High Style

on November 13th, 2008
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  • pinitbutton Birthday in High Style
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Chef Yannick Alléno with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

The Dorchester Collection, which includes the
Plaza Athénée in Paris,
Le Meurice,
The Dorchester in London,
the New York Palace,
The Beverly Hills Hotel
and the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan,
has taken over the Hotel Bel-Air, located in one of the most exclusive cities in the world.

This week, chef Yannick Alléno from Le Meurice had prepared a series of lunches and dinners for a lucky few at the hotel’s restaurant. Yesterday, I attended one of his lunches and, for the first time, (as I have dined here many times before) I enjoyed an “haute cuisine” experience. In short, this was the best meal I ever had in Stone Canyon, and one of the best of the year. Continue reading “Birthday in High Style” »



Soeurs Chocolat book talk

on November 11th, 2008
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Tomorrow I will be attending a book discussion held by L’Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles with author Catherine Velle. Catherine, a French fiction author and communications manager at Marie Claire, is well known for her thriller novels Le Silence des Sources and La Vallée des Mensonges.  

Her new book, Soeurs Chocolat, promises to be just as exciting.



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