Say “No” to the Foie Gras Ban in California

by Sophie Gayot


Frédéric Lefebvre, a former minister in the French government under Nicolas Sarkozy, is coming to the aid of the people opposed to the foie gras ban in California by organizing a petition. Effective July 1, 2012, it will be illegal to sell to produce and to sell the delicacy in the Golden State.


Here is what California Senate bill No. 1520, signed on September 29, 2004, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, says (extracts):
CHAPTER 13.4. FORCE FED BIRDS
25980. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
A bird includes, but is not limited to, a duck or goose.
(b) Force feeding a bird means a process that causes the bird to consume more food than a typical bird of the same species would consume voluntarily. Force feeding methods include, but are not limited to, delivering feed through a tube or other device inserted into the bird’s esophagus.
25981. A person may not force feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so.
25982. A product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.

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Foie Gras Ban in California, Really?

by Sophie Gayot


In a little more than a month, on July 1st, 2012, foie gras will be illegal in California.


Here is what California Senate bill No. 1520, signed on September 29, 2004, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, says (extracts):
CHAPTER 13.4. FORCE FED BIRDS
25980. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
A bird includes, but is not limited to, a duck or goose.
(b) Force feeding a bird means a process that causes the bird to consume more food than a typical bird of the same species would consume voluntarily. Force feeding methods include, but are not limited to, delivering feed through a tube or other device inserted into the bird’s esophagus.
25981. A person may not force feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so.
25982. A product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.

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Talking about GAYOT 2012 Restaurant Issue with The Bikini Chef

Susan Irby - Sophie Gayot - Denice Fladeboe Mock - Steve Valentine
In the studios of KABC-AM Los Angeles: Susan Irby, The Bikni Chef. Sophie Gayot, Denice Fladeboe Mock, Steve Valentine

by Sophie Gayot


On Saturday, April 22nd, 2012, I was invited by The Bikini Chef Susan Irby to appear on her weekly radio show Bikini Lifestyle that airs in Los Angeles on AM 790 KABC. Irby and her co-hosts Denice Fladeboe Mock and Steve Valentine kept trying to make me reveal the name of my favorite restaurant. Only one other person knows the answer: my son Alexandre who was also in the studio. But he cannot tell, as I have sworn him to secrecy!


Instead, we discussed the restaurants and chefs which made the GAYOT 2012 Restaurant Issue which include:
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S
U.S. Best Restaurateur of the Year
Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. – great places that opened recently
5 Rising Chefs – American chefs 30 and under who are making their mark
Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. – which chefs serve the best steak?
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. – appearing in the Restaurant Issue for the very first time
Top 10 Insider Picks in the U.S. – reveals where to dine for a taste of local flavor, good food and good times.

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La Fête de la Gastronomie 2012 in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the rich diversity of the French gastronomic tradition, Frédéric Lefebvre, French Secretary of State for Trade, SMEs, Services, Tourism, the Professions and Consumption, created La Fête de la Gastronomie last year. I had met Mr. Lefebvre at Les Etoiles de Mougins, during the 6th Festival International de la Gastronomie, in September 2011.


This year, for the second edition of La Fête de la Gastronomie, Mr. Lefebvre wants to expand to the U.S. Watch my exclusive video interview with Mr. Lefebvre to get a very first taste of what will take place on September 22, 2012.

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Step Up To The Plate at COLCOA 2012

Step up to the Plate - Entre les Bras
Step Up To The Plate (Entre les Bras), French documentary about chef Michel Bras

by Sophie Gayot


The 16th edition of the French film festival “COLCOA, City of Lights, City of Angels” will start next week in LA. This year, Director & Programmer François Truffart and his team have selected fifty-five movies.


One of the documentaries, Step Up To The Plate, Entre les Bras, directed by Paul Lacoste, caught my attention. And if you are a foodie, you should try to see it as well. It is the story of chef Michel Bras at his Le Suquet restaurant in Laguiole in France. How talented is he? In 1988, we crowned him “Chef of the Year” and awarded him a rating of 19.5 (yes 19.5, even better than GAYOT’s top rating of 19 out of 20). Among his emblematic recipes is the Gargouillou, a dazzling mix of vegetables, leaves, fruits and flowers. Bras has decided to retire and let his son Sébastien take over Le Suquet. That will be a difficult task for Sébastien, who must honor his family heritage yet keep innovating as a chef, as his father has done for many years.


For more information, visit http://www.colcoa.org