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Where to Dine in 2014

on January 03rd, 2014
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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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Happy Holidays!

on December 20th, 2013
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by Sophie Gayot

 

The holiday season is here. Yesterday, I celebrated it by spending part of the afternoon in the kitchen of Montage Beverly Hills with executive chef Gabriel Ask. Watch my exclusive video above to see what Ask recommends cooking during these cold winter afternoons. It’s sure to please the whole family.

I also got to taste his delicious Stollen cake, a German Christmas tradition. You can find it at the hotel during afternoon tea or in the boutique.

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by Sophie Gayot

Last night, as I dined at SUR Restaurant & Lounge, I tried to grill Katie Maloney, one of the cast members of Bravo’s hit TV show Vanderpump Rules. She has been a server at the restaurant for four years and has been in the cast of the show both seasons it has aired. So she certainly knows things about Stassi Schroeder, Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval and Kristen Doute’s dramas.

 

Watch my exclusive video interview with her to listen to what she has to say. Then tune in Monday night for the next episode.

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A Taste of Aquaoir

on December 04th, 2013
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An “Aquaoir” box of Mira Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon


by Barnaby Hughes


Mira Winery made headlines earlier this year when it aged four cases of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon underwater in Charleston Harbor for three months. When the wine was later brought to the surface and tasted, Mira winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “It’s not better, it’s not worse and it is definitely different. The land wine is tighter versus Aquaoir-aged wine, which is more complex and broad, more open and relaxed. The result is proof certain that we have more to learn.”

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by Sophie Gayot

 

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I think when restaurateur/hotelier Michael Zislis created The Strand House Culinary Masters Series, he had a very good idea. Every time I have attended one of the events, the restaurant has been completely full. I didn’t see a single empty seat; instead I saw lots of people enjoying the cuisine of Josiah Citrin, Michael Cimarusti, Nancy Silverton, Alain Giraud, Douglas Keane or Tory McPhail to name just a few of the participating chefs. To top it off, diners can eat the fine food while watching the sun set over the Manhattan Beach pier and the Pacific.


During one of the dinners, where Trefethen wines were served, I finished the evening talking with chef Rick Tramonto who had flown in from Chicago. In the above video, you can watch as we flip through the pages of his autobiography together. Tramonto is a true success story; TRU restaurant under his direction was named one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. And Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans, where he has partnered with chef John Folse, made GAYOT.com’s Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. list this year.

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Dining Out for Thanksgiving

on November 19th, 2013
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Frank Mottek of KNX1070 News Radio

by Sophie Gayot


Thanksgiving is a tradition that started in 1621. As it is “a day off of work on the fourth Thursday of the month of November,” it is not easy to find restaurants that are open.


We have compiled lists of restaurants in your area so you don’t have to make numerous phone calls to find where to dine out that evening. Listen to my radio interview that aired Monday on KNX1070 News Radio on Frank Mottek’s Business Hour to find which ones you can head to in Los Angeles. For the rest of the country, consult the Best Thanksgiving Restaurants Near You and the Top 10 Thanksgiving Restaurants in the U.S.

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Chef Curtis Stone is opening his very first restaurant


by Sophie Gayot


If Aussie Curtis Stone has become famous in the U.S. through the 81 episodes of TLC’s “Take Home Chef” TV show, he is at his roots a REAL chef. His passion and love for food started when he was just four in the kitchen of his grandmother, Maude.


At 18, he becomes a professional chef at the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne. After touring the gastronomic countries that are France, Italy and Spain to perfect his culinary education, he ended up in London with none other than the extravagant Marco Pierre White at three venues: Café Royal; Mirabelle where Curtis was the sous-chef; and Quo Vadis as the head chef. Talk about a learning experience, especially since I know how nice and courteous Curtis is!

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by Sophie Gayot


This is not the first time that the endless creativity of chef José Andrés compelled me to my computer to write a piece after sitting at the table of one of his restaurants.


This time, it is about the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series at SAAM, the chef’s private tasting room in The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. This series presents a great challenge as the key ingredient is what Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called “the diamonds of the kitchen“. Using truffles reduces dramatically Andrés’ range of action and forces him to express himself in one direction.

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  • pinitbutton Peru in Marina del Rey, CA: A Great Trip

by Sophie Gayot

Recently, a gourmet friend of mine asked me to recommend a restaurant in Marina del Rey, which is on the water just outside of Los Angeles and where surprisingly there are not too many good options. Since I dine at so many restaurants, I rarely steer friends to places I haven’t been to myself. But having enjoyed Ricardo Zarate‘s cooking at Picca as well as Mo-Chica, I suggested she try his new restaurant Paiche even though I had yet to visit.

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by Sophie Gayot


When the Four Seasons Hotels take it to the streets, they take it in the form of a food truck! The Four Seasons Hotels Food Truck is an idea developed during a corporate meeting that was two years in the making. The truck is currently touring cities in the western United States which are home to Four Seasons Hotels, starting in Palo Alto and ending in Santa Fe.

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