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Stefano Ongaro, chef Roberto Franzoni and Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

What happens when two Venetians meet in the kitchen? They cook Venetian specialties. All’ Angelo owner Stefano Ongaro (who has a gorgeous picture of his hometown on his computer background screen) is in heaven since chef Roberto Franzoni has been cooking for him. Listen to the two of them: they are not even speaking Italian, but the dialect from La Serenissima. For years Franzoni was the chef at the legendary Cipriani in Venice, then in New York.

No, I will not reveal the pasta recipe the three of us prepared—the pair refused to write it down for me. It is a longtime family secret. But I can tell you one thing: the only way to know more about this incredible dish is to go to All’ Angelo and discover the beauty of it for yourself!

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Presidential Burger

on February 16th, 2009
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Sous chef Eric Samaniego with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

  

After shooting a TV show this morning on Presidents’ Day, (to be aired later, we will keep you posted), I got hungry around lunchtime. In the pursuit of keeping our Top 10 Burgers in Los Angeles list fresh, I headed to Comme Ca.

 

Here chef/owner David Myers maintains a the family tradition, and offers the burger that his mother used to cook: a thick patty of beef topped with cheddar, lettuce, onions and her own dressing. Just that, you will not find tomato, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, blue cheese and so forth. The only deviation from his mom’s recipe is the quality of the beef: Myers uses only certified Angus. And yes, Comme Ca is now on list!

 


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Paparazzi on Sunset

on February 11th, 2009
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Andrew Hewitt & Sophie Gayot in the kitchen of Il Sole

by Sophie Gayot

Il Sole on Sunset. But he likes to stop by three or four times a week to greet his friends and clients.

No, Andrew Hewitt is not the chef in the kitchen at his charming restaurant

Hewitt is a concert promoter who works with bands like U2, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones and The Police, to name a few, so expect paparazzi outside the restaurant waiting for a photo op of celebrities post-dinner.

Hewitt has owned Il Sole since 2005 along with Arnold Steifel, also in the Industry. He is also the proud owner of the new restaurant Luau in Beverly Hills.



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The Gayots with Karen LuKanic, chef Hans Goplen and Fran Berger

by Sophie Gayot

As of last night, L.A. Live officially has one more restaurant: the third location of The Farm of Beverly Hills. Councilwoman Jan Perry presided over the grand opening, during which we were able to taste the ultra-classic American cuisine prepared by chef Hans Goplen.
 

Founder and CEO Fran Berger told us how she accidentally entered the restaurant business and that now she would never leave it, she loves it too much, as does new president Karen LuKanic, formerly at Wolfgang Puck Catering and The Palm.

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Chef Ashley James with Sophie Gayot


 

Look no further! We have found them for you, at Windows Lounge, the bar at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills. The chef, Ashley James, insists on calling them “Real Fries,” because they are made the way they should be made: from fresh quality potatoes (opposed to frozen), fried twice in vegetable oil that is thrown away every day. They only come with the grilled cheese sandwich and the beef sliders, but they were so good that I ordered more of them. The bar, which has always drawn crowds, has been redecorated. The huge marble chimney in the central room brings a touch of modernity.

 



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Stephan Samson, Sophie Gayot, David Myers

by Sophie Gayot

David Myers surprised us all with his latest venture. We were anticipating the opening of Comme Ca in Costa Mesa.

Instead, we got Pizzeria Ortica which he opened last night with chef Stephan Samson, who was formerly at Valentino. Expect simple Italian fare with thin-crust pizzas, pasta and much more.

Florent Marneau of Marché Moderne, who I went to visit after, told me that “We are glad to see David coming here”—meaning that the Orange County culinary scene is climbing one step higher.

Myers has more projects in the works: Ortica in front of Sona, a catering service, and providing upscale bread to restaurants. And Comme Ca in OC will open soon.

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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.



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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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