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  • pinitbutton A New Way to Fly from Coast to Coast in America

 

by Sophie Gayot

There is a new “frontier” when crossing America from coast to coast. Long gone are the days of traveling by feet, horses and the wagons of the courageous pioneers (hey, without them we would not be here). For many, many years now we’ve had airplanes. But how to decide on an airline? The price, the mileage program, the credit card points, the safety, the service, the schedule, the airport, the onboard amenities, the extras you have to pay? The choices are vast.

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Happy Holidays!

on December 20th, 2013
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  • pinitbutton Happy Holidays!

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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  • pinitbutton Lisa Vanderpump Rules: Trying To Get Some Secret Stories

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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Dec

  • pinitbutton What is 40 Pounds of Recipes?

by Sophie Gayot

It is 18 kilos of a 1,200-page cookbook containing 500 recipes and illustrated by 1,500 photos; 1,000 copies of this book are being sold at € 1,500 by a chef who started in the kitchen at 15, and has been cooking for 25 years. From peeling potatoes at his debut, Yannick Alléno worked his way up to fine dining gastronomy when he took the helm at Le Meurice restaurant in Paris.

 

The best way to discover this soon-to-become iconic cookbook, Ma Cuisine Française, is to do it with Alléno himself with the video above. Also listen closely to how Alléno wants to redefine French cuisine in this exclusive one-on-one discussion.

 

To buy the book, you can only do so at http://macuisinefrancaise.com/

 

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  • pinitbutton Chatting with Chef Rick Tramonto

by Sophie Gayot

 

buynow Chatting with Chef Rick Tramonto

 

 

 


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 sophie gayot 500x454 Dining Out for Thanksgiving

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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Oct

  • pinitbutton Truffle Extraordinaire Part 1

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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Cooking with Scott Conant

on October 26th, 2013
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  • pinitbutton Cooking with Scott Conant

by Sophie Gayot

 

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If you have experienced chef Scott Conant’s cooking at one of his five Scarpetta restaurants (New York, Toronto, Miami, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills), chances are that you would like to enjoy some of his dishes in the comfort of your own house.

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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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