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Celebrity Dining Hot Spots

on December 27th, 2008
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Sophie Gayot on The Insider

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.

Paris Hilton and Sophie Gayot

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’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.

Dining with Curtis Stone

on November 12th, 2008
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Take Home Chef Curtis Stone with Sophie Gayot

Take Home Chef Curtis Stone with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


We all know TLC’s Take Home Chef Curtis Stone, who made the 2006 People magazine’s list of sexiest men alive. (And I can confirm it is still very true).

Last night, instead of him coming to my kitchen to cook, I was very lucky to go his house. He prepared dinner in front of my eyes: lobster ravioli, mushroom soup, white truffle risotto and a few more dishes. 

My Dinner at XIV

on November 11th, 2008
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Victoria Recano, executive chef Steven Fretz and Sophie Gayot at XIV in Los Angeles

by Sophie Gayot

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of sharing my dinner at the new Los Angeles restaurant XIV with Victoria Recaño, the correspondent to the daily CBS show The Insider.

You can now read my review of the restaurant on site.

XIV is Michael Mina’s first restaurant in Los Angeles, and it is attracting many celebrities. The night we were there Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was dining at the next table!

Magical Moment

on November 05th, 2008
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Angelina Jolie with Howard Posenerby Sophie Gayot

Last night, during Election Night, I was very lucky to meet Lord Howard Posener. Howard is a “Master Magician By Royal Appointment”. Yes, “Royal”, because he is Prince Charles’ private magician.  Howard’s card tricks made him famous, and he has performed them for presidents, celebrities and audiences all over the world.

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