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An F Evening

on June 18th, 2009
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Jun

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Famous star chef Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

 

Famed chef Gordon Ramsay flew into the film capital of the world to celebrate the first anniversary of his fine establishment, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood. The fabulous evening was fun and filled of fanfare and food.

 

Chef Andy Cook, with sous chef Kishi Harutaka and pastry chef Carl Bertka, prepared flavorful and fancy fare such as foie gras with barbecued eel in a maki roll, and crème fraîche served on top of cured salmon and caviar. The specialty cocktail of the fiesta was called “The Finest Hour.”

 

As a big fan of force of nature Gordon, I asked him to sign one of his books for me. In a friendly manner and in perfect français (French), he insisted to do it for “ton fils” (my son), who he has met when filming “Hell’s Kitchen.”

 

 
We foresee many more fantastic feasts in the future at his flourishing foray in our fair city.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
 

 

 

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Jay Leno & Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

More than three hundred guests attended Vintage Hollywood 2009, a charity event, held at a private estate in Bel-Air, California, last Saturday. Thanks to the hard work of Linda Daly and other members of the organization, many Los Angeles restaurants and wineries from across California as well as from Oregon, New Zealand and Argentina came together in a gorgeous garden. In addition, a silent auction took place.

 

But the highlight of the evening was the appearance of Jay Leno, who was in charge of the live auction. And trust me, it was an auction like no other. Leno’s celebrated humor was behind each of his words. I just wish there would have been more items to keep the show running. A private tour of the comedian’s “Garage,” guided by Leno himself, went for $29,500 for four lucky bidders. More than $200,000 was raised at this year’s event. Jay’s generosity brought even more support than expected.

 

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Premiere with Rosé

on June 11th, 2009
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Jun

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Chefs Mark Peel of Campanile, Suzanne Tracht of Jar and Rick Moonen of RM Seafood with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Martini & Rossi Rosé was being poured with no limit (if you met the age limit, of course) last night at Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, during the premiere of Bravo’s new television show “Top Chef Masters.”

 

For the occasion, Campanile chef/owner Mark Peel created a bite-sized dish to be paired with the sparkling wine: a roasted walnut and taleggio stuffed date. Peel also prepared six of his famous grilled cheese sandwiches, handed out to me by general manager Jay Perrin. Thanks to him I was able to try each of them. Due to the crowd I could not approach the gazpacho, the roasted beet salad, or the charcuterie and cheese station.

Some of the 24 chefs competing in the show were there, as well as host Kelly Choi. They all refused to give me any details, beside the fact that it was shot in the Los Angeles Warehouse District. I guess the best way to find out more is to simply watch the show, which takes competitive cooking to the next level. 

 



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May

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Mick Fleetwood and Sophie Gayot with a glass of 2005 Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar Reisling

By Sophie Gayot

 

From rock & roll to wine? But why? And how come? This is the question I posed to Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac while dining with him at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at L.A. Live. Both Jonathan Todd, the drummer’s manager, and longtime friend producer Michael Shapiro commented on Mick’s involvement in the wine-making process. Mick, who offers a selection of seventeen American wines (red and white), is the sole decider of the wine’s blend as well as the winery that will carry his label on the bottle.

 

Although this was great information, it wasn’t exactly the answer I was looking for. I turned to Mick himself to help me put the pieces of this puzzle together. Of course, Mick has the means to produce wine, but what drove him to become so tremendously involved? I finally had him reveal, with his gorgeous voice and elegant British accent, his secret: he is a “nose” and has always had a heightened sense of smell. It allows him to create the blends that he likes—hoping that he won’t be the only one to enjoy them. If a winery produces great wine one year, but not so great the next, Mick’s nose knows! He just selects another winery. The drummer’s next blend will be a Bordeaux. You can find Mick’s wine in the sixty-nine Fleming’s restaurants and at Costco with an average price of $20.

 



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Top Chef Contestants Betty Fraser and Stefan Ritcher with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot


Last night, American Idol was not the only event getting people excited. A fierce battle ensued at The Grove in Los Angeles between two former contestants from the television show Top Chef.

 

After cooking demonstrations from The Grove eateries The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge, Maggiano’s Little Italy and Morels, Betty Fraser (season 2) and Stefan Richter (season 5) had fifty minutes to prepare a meal, each with a different mystery basket of ingredients.

 

The pair was playful behind the stoves and used knives, spoons, olive oil, salt, pepper and their words to tease one another. They sure did know how to work the crowd! Stefan was throwing red roses and ladies underwear (yes, underwear) to the women in the crowd, while Betty used her great smile to woo the audience. All the while, radio host Merrill Shindler commented on all the action.

 

When it was time to taste the food, a panel of unbiased judges was selected from the audience. They preferred Stefan’s steak atop an amazing potato purée over Betty’s fried pork with caramelized peaches. Congratulations to the winner!

 

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Tom Hanks with Sophie Gayot after the reading of The Comedy of Errors

By Sophie Gayot

Last night, as I was leaving the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, I was trampled by a mass of frantic fans hoping for an autograph and a picture. The group was not looking for me, but rather Tom Hanks who was stepping out of the theatre to address the mob. I tried to get through the high-energy crowd by telling them, “Let me out”; their attention was ONLY focused on Hanks. But what were we all doing there?

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson had organized a “reading” of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” with a star-studded cast to benefit The Shakespeare Festival in Los Angeles. The proceeds from the event went to support operational costs of youth and education programming, as well as professional theatrical performances.

The performance was unique in that the actors read their lines from the script—an interesting outcome of their busy schedule!

 

 

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May

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Chefs Laurent Tourondel, Brian Moyers, Christophe Bellanca with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

Last night, to celebrate the first anniversary of his Los Angeles restaurant BLT Steak, chef Laurent Tourondel made the trip from the East Coast. During the occasion, he and his corporate chef, Christophe Bellanca, formerly at L’Orangerie and Le Cirque, introduced the new chef de cuisine, Brian Moyers, who just moved into the kitchen from The Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire, and the sommelier Jared Heber.

The trio cooked together in the kitchen and served us squash blossom stuffed with burrata, pistou and roast tomato pomodoro; hamachi with marinated white asparagus, avocado and pickled red onions; olive oil-poached halibut in artichoke barigoule, fennel and spring onion in a blood orange sauce; dry-aged NY strip on a bed of beef short ribs accompanied with ricotta gnudi, a morel fricassée and fava beans; and ending with strawberry rhubarb crumble pie with lemon thyme ice cream. Hollywood celebrities Sharon Stone and Victoria Recano were seen here that evening.

Note: In honor of the Lakers’ continued success in the NBA playoffs, BLT Steak’s bar is offering chef Tourondel’s signature BLT Burger—a first in LA (the offer is for a limited time only, while LA is in the playoffs). The “Kobe” burger ($17) or the “Jackson” burger ($14) can be accompanied by fries and a brew for $11 more. A flat screen captures the game action.

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Chef Michael Voltaggio smoking salmon with TV star chef Giada de Laurentiis and Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot

A birthday celebration last week took me to dinner at The Bazaar by José Andrés. Two pieces of good news came from the kitchen where chef Michael Voltaggio was cooking that evening. First, the meal was as good as the previous ones we’ve had.

 
The second was the announcement of the opening of restaurant Saam at The Bazaar by José Andrés tomorrow, April 9th. Saam is a secluded dining room in The Bazaar, which is also decorated by Philippe Starck. In a very private and stylish atmosphere, José Andrés will offer a fine dining version of 20-plus “tastes” or small courses for $120 per person, or $170 including wine pairings. We are very much looking forward to dining there!

  

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Feb

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Demi Moore & Sophie Gayot at the opening of ANdAZ

by Sophie Gayot

 

What a better way to hold a grand opening a few days away from the Oscars when all the stars are in town. The building, where the hotel ANdAZ is located in, has a long history with the City of the Angels and celebrities. It was formerly the Hyatt on Sunset made famous by the memorable parties thrown by rock ‘n’ rollers like Led Zeppelin.

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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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