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Sophie Gayot with chef Sebastian Archambault, his team, and general manager Michel Morauw

 by Sophie Gayot

Last night I experienced the latest Sunset Strip restaurant, located in the new ANdAZ hotel, a reincarnation of the Hyatt on Sunset made famous by the memorable parties thrown by rock ‘n’ rollers like Led Zeppelin. These intense blow-outs earned the hotel a nickname, “Riot House.” The restaurant, RH, pays tribute to that part of the hotel’s history, which has even seen a TV fly out of its window.

Chef Sebastien Archambault prepares a clean, home-style cuisine. I liked the vegetables—lots of them—that accompanied the red snapper, and the Kurobuta pork, which were also served as an amuse-bouche.

Both the restaurant and the hotel will officially open on Thursday, Jan. 8. General manager Michel Morauw’s motto is “Everyone can be a VIP at the hotel.” By the way, “andaz” is an Urdu (a Central Indo-Aryan language) word meaning “style”. ANdAZ is a new brand operated by Hyatt Corporation. The first ANdAZ opened in London in November 2008; the property in West Hollywood is its American debut, to be followed by two in New York and one in Austin.

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Celebrity Dining Hot Spots

on December 27th, 2008
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Sophie Gayot on The Insider

Tune in tonight to The Insider, the CBS nightly, half-hour entertainment newsmagazine, where Sophie Gayot will reveal the top five Hollywood dining hot spots.

December 28th.
If you missed the show, see the restaurants where celebrities like to dine.



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Frank Mottek & Sophie Gayot in the KNX studios

 From wherever you are, listen to Sophie Gayot today on KNX1070 during Frank Mottek’s Business Hour between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. In the LA area, tune your radio to 1070AM; otherwise you can listen from your computer at http://www.knx1070.com/.

Sophie will help you discover Los Angeles’s latest restaurants.

You can listen to

- today’s interview here knx1070121608

- Sophie’s previous interviews here.



Christmas Abalone @ Surfas

on December 19th, 2008
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Brad Buckley cooking Abalone with Alain

 
By Alain Gayot

Life is funny like that: today, I really needed an abalone fix. So I headed over to Surfas and caught up with Brad Buckley of The Abalone Farm in Cayucos as he was doing a cooking demonstration. We cooked some and ate some and, as expected, it was rather yummy.

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by Sophie Gayot


A third blog posting about the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills in one month? That may sound excessive, but there is much to report about Sam Nazarian’s first luxury hotel—we’ve hardly even mentioned the food!

Here’s a sneak peek at chef José Andrés’ cuisine at The Bazaar. Some of his dishes, like his foie gras wrapped in cotton candy, are as extravagant as Philippe Starck’s design. But by the end of the night, you’ll have had, for sure, quite a different dining experience!

Listen to what I said on KNX1070 about The Bazaar.

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Los Angeles’ Men of Style

on December 10th, 2008
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Olimpia Garabet, Store Director & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Last night, Louis Vuitton and GQ magazine honored Los Angeles’ Men of Style. And the winners are: chef/owner of Sona and Comme Ça David Myers; PGA Tour professional Anthony Kim; recording artist Ne-Yo; and actor Ian Somerhalder.

The reception took place at the Beverly Hills store, where the 2008-2009 Louis Vuitton Men’s Collections were displayed. Of course, we also checked out the famous LV monogrammed bags (the most popular selling bags in the world), their fine jewelry as well as the Women’s clothing line. Moët et Chandon champagne was flowing all night, as well as delicate canapés from Bread & Wine and macarons (my favorite was the Earl Grey) from Myers’ pastry shop, Boule.

Sophie is dressed by Paule Vasseur (www.paule-vasseur.com)



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Alan Fuerstman founder and CEO of the hotel & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot
 
If you were driving in Beverly Hills at 8:30 pm on Friday, December 5th, you may have seen fireworks. The pyrotechnic display marked the grand opening of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel.

 

The partying took place all through the hotel, from the street level to the 9th floor pool. The event was just gorgeous, with every gentleman in black tie and every lady in a long gown. Champagne, wine (from BV Vineyards 2005 Tapestry and 2006 Chalone Estate Chardonnay)and food were the inseparable partners of the evening.
 


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Paris Hilton and Sophie Gayot

by The Gayots

 

 During last night’s Stylish Luxurious Soirée to celebrate the opening of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, guests were treated with Dom Perignon and Jose Andrés’s upscale tapas.

 
The gates to the hotel, just named one of GAYOT.com’s Top 10 new hotels for 2008, and to The Bazaar were kept closed until the series of speeches concluded. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed another of Sam Nazarian’s realizations, and the businessman gracefully thanked his parents for their support.

See the evening in pictures. Click on the picture to enlarge

 For a full photo tour of the hotel, click on the link.



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The chefs from the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine with Sophie and Alain Gayot

 

On Sunday November 30th, the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine based in Los Angeles held its annual gala dinner at The Regency Club in Westwood, Los Angeles. The club’s chef, Dominique Raynal, who is a foie gras advocate, served it in terrine form to start the meal. Then he surprised us with a perfectly cooked turbot.

During the reception, there was a silent auction to benefit the HOPE Program in the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Last September, a donation of $30,000 was presented to the organization.

Chef Florent Marneau of Marché Moderne in Costa Mesa, was named by the Club Culinaire “Chef of Year” in front of his peers. Continue reading “French Cuisine by the Club Culinaire in Los Angeles” »



Bastide Closed for Good?

on November 26th, 2008
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Sophie & Alain Gayot with chef Paul Shoemaker before Bastide closed yet again

by Sophie Gayot


And the saga continues at Bastide. Is this restaurant that was once one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 Restaurants in the country closed temporarily or for good? That is the question.

Well, it seems that our dinner a few weeks ago might have been one of the last ones served. We sensed at the time that the restaurant which has been closed before and is on its fourth chef in six years was in a state of flux.

The employees arrived at the restaurant this week and found the door closed without notice, and they (and the rest of us) are awaiting a final verdict from owner Joe Pytka who is currently out of town. Stay tuned.

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