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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” »

2015 French Open

on May 27th, 2015
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Roland Garros 2015

Roland Garros 2015

by Sophie Gayot

If you cannot make it to Paris for Roland Garros, also known as the French Open, you can still follow the action on the tournament’s official website. There, you’ll find round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open running through June 7. Real-time scores, streaming radio commentary and a live blog of tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition are available 24/7, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news on the action.

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Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay


by André Gayot

Attractive and sporty Molly Hill, winemaker of seven years at Sequoia Grove (Rutherford, California), teamed up with Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef of FIG restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, California) to pair her wines with his food.

As Sequoia Grove focuses on prime Cabernet Sauvignons, the theme of the demonstration was that Cabs can accommodate a whole variety of dishes. Maybe not the smoked salmon salad, though. For the fish, Sequoia Grove has a flowery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28).
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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.

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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.

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SAAM Black Truffle Dinner

by Sophie Gayot



Truffles are in season in autumn and winter. When the calendar changes to a new year, the black ones populate the market — and they are doing the same at SAAM, chef José Andrés’ private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

Continue reading “Truffle Extraordinaire 2015 – Part 2” »



the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show

by Sophie Gayot

I think that in the world of sweets, there are two categories of people: those who love chocolate and those who don’t. Very rarely, we run into the second category, and when it happens it’s good because it leaves more for us —- you will understand that I am part of the first group.


So, if you are not one of these rare specimens, and will be in the Los Angeles area on December 28th, 2014, there is only one place you’ll want to be: the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show.

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Birthday at The Bazaar

on November 24th, 2014
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Bazaar Birthday Cake

by Sophie Gayot



One thing I will never have in common with Owen Wilson is an Oscar nomination, as I have no intention to become an actress. But this year to celebrate our birthdays (which are one day apart), we both had the same cake: Bazaar Dessert Graffiti. He shared his with actor Woody Harrelson at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills; I shared mine with the creators — chef José Andrés himself and executive pastry chef Kriss Harvey.

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White truffle dinner sls la

by Sophie Gayot



Truffle lovers are happy: The season has started! It means special dinners around what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen.” Über-chef José Andrés even started a Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. It is now in its third year.
Continue reading “Truffle Extraordinaire 2014 – Part 1” »

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