Not Really “A Quick Bite”

Alinea Chicago - Dungeness crab
The 2014 GAYOT.com Restaurant Awards Issue

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

Last week, radio personality David Wilson invited me to discuss GAYOT’s just published 2014 Restaurant Awards Issue on his show, “A Quick Bite.” After an introduction about GAYOT.com, we discussed at length the lists that are included in the tenth edition of GAYOT’s annual restaurant issue.

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GAYOT’s 2014 Restaurant Issue

A look at some of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants: the dining room at Aubergine; chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse; king crab salad at Addison
A look at some of GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants: the dining room at Aubergine; chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse; king crab salad at Addison


We’ve just published our Annual Restaurant Issue, which includes the highly-anticipated Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list among its awards. The 2014 edition also names chef Daniel Boulud as the Best Restaurateur of the Year.

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Chef Thomas Keller of Per Se and The French Laundry
Chef Thomas Keller of Per Se and The French Laundry

Every year, S. Pellegrino announces the world’s top 50 restaurants. In this year’s rankings, which were just released, the water producer included six restaurants in the U.S. Not so coincidentally, all half-dozen of them — Eleven Madison Park (#5), Per Se (#11), Alinea (#15), Le Bernardin (#19), Daniel (#29), and The French Laundry (#47) — have also earned a spot on GAYOT’s list of the top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.


For each of these notable restaurants, we offer a profile of their chefs as well as a complete restaurant review. For chef Thomas Keller, who helms two of the six top restaurants above, we have a lengthy profile explaining why he is the Best Restaurateur in the U.S. for 2013 in our Annual Restaurant Issue.

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The Northern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue

Radio Host Joel Riddell at the Spring Mountain Vineyard with Sophie Gayot
Radio Host Joel Riddell at the Spring Mountain Vineyard with Sophie Gayot


by Sophie Gayot


After discussing the Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue with chef Jamie Gwen on her radio show, I got to do the same with Joel Riddell for the northern part of the Golden State.


I was lucky to meet the energetic Riddell during the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition in Napa Valley where I was a judge. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Riddell, who is based in San Francisco, discusses his culinary, wine and travel findings on Talk 910 AM KKSF during his show Dining Around.


After we spoke about GAYOT.com and what I like to eat, Riddell got our insights on the Northern California restaurants that won a place in the GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue. They include restaurants from chef Thomas Keller, the recipient of the title “Best Restaurateur in the U.S.

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The Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue

by Sophie Gayot


For those of you who want to learn more about the chefs who are the recipients of the 2013 GAYOT.com U.S. Restaurant Awards, watch the video above. It was filmed during Chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show Food & Wine, which airs every Sunday morning in the Los Angeles area on KFWB News Talk 980.

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