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  • pinitbutton Foie Gras Ban in California, Really?

by Sophie Gayot


In a little more than a month, on July 1st, 2012, foie gras will be illegal in California.


Here is what California Senate bill No. 1520, signed on September 29, 2004, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, says (extracts):
CHAPTER 13.4. FORCE FED BIRDS
25980. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
A bird includes, but is not limited to, a duck or goose.
(b) Force feeding a bird means a process that causes the bird to consume more food than a typical bird of the same species would consume voluntarily. Force feeding methods include, but are not limited to, delivering feed through a tube or other device inserted into the bird’s esophagus.
25981. A person may not force feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so.
25982. A product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.

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May

  • pinitbutton Alinea: Dinner Extraordinaire!

by Sophie Gayot


When Alinea owner Nick Kokonas came to my table for dessert, after I had already sampled seventeen dishes from chef Grant Achatz, I had to share with him my thoughts: “Your restaurant should not be called a restaurant.” Yes, there is food, but it’s nowhere close to what one could ever experience at other dining venues. Achatz’s creativity is without limits, and tolerates no restriction, so expect the unexpected. What should it be called? Hmm… considering the homage and respect he pays to food, I can not say “food entertainment,” maybe an “ode to culinary invention.”

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  • pinitbutton Gordon Ramsay Steak Opens in Las Vegas
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Gordon Ramsay with Sophie Gayot

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by Sophie Gayot


Last week mega-superstar/high-energy personality/TV host/chef Gordon Ramsay was in Las Vegas to open his latest restaurant venture: Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. As this is a British-inspired venue in a French-themed hotel, it’s fitting that diners enter it through an arcade reminiscent of the Chunnel connecting the two countries.

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  • pinitbutton When Mark Gold Reinvents Himself at Sadie

by Sophie Gayot


If you have been to Mark Gold’s Eva Restaurant on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, you are familiar with his sleek and modern cuisine which earned him a very good GAYOT rating of 15/20.


If you head to Sadie in Hollywood, the former space of Les Deux, you will discover another aspect of Gold’s cuisine: a bistro style that is very well done. Watch my exclusive video interview above to whet your appetite. I am sure that you will enjoy your evening there, especially if you dine on the very pleasant patio.

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  • pinitbutton An Oyster Lesson with Christophe Happillon

by Sophie Gayot


Want to learn about oysters, the “merroir,” and how to open them? My words would not be as good as those of Maître Écailler Christophe Happillon. So just watch my exclusive video interview with him and enjoy his charming French accent from Marseille.


If you live in the Los Angeles area, visit Happillon’s website to find out where you can taste his oysters. Happillon can also come to the comfort of your own home for parties.

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Apr

  • pinitbutton Ninth GAYOT Dinner Series

by Sophie Gayot


Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, which opened in November 2011, is spearheaded of course by chef Michel Richard, one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 U.S. chefs. The restaurant is so well-regarded that it made GAYOT.com’s 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. and is also one of our Las Vegas Top 10 24-hour restaurants.


May I suggest two ways to discover the restaurant: watch my exclusive video interview above with executive chef Todd Harrington, or, better yet, join me at the GAYOT Dinner Series to be held there on May 10th. I will be there along with the debonair Michel Richard.

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  • pinitbutton Another Day at the 2012 COLCOA Edition

by Sophie Gayot


Yesterday, six movies were shown at COLCOA (City of Lights City of Angels), the French Film Festival in Los Angeles. I chose to watch “Les Adieux à la Reine” (Farewell My Queen) by director Benoit Jacquot. I am not sure it was the best choice…


Farewell My Queen takes place in Versailles over four days, starting with the decisive date of July 14, 1789. Through the eyes of Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux), we follow queen Marie-Antoinette (Diane Kruger) during the beginning of what will become the French Revolution. Sidonie, who is the queen’s reader, walks us through the magnificent Hall of Mirrors of the castle of Versailles, through the dirty private hallways and shows us the intrigue between Marie-Antoinette and the infamous aristocrat Gabrielle de Polignac (Virgine Ledoyen).

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  • pinitbutton Dancing with Cloclo at the Opening Night of the 2012 COLCOA

by Sophie Gayot


The opening night of the 2012 edition of City of Lights City of Angels, the 16th time this French Film Festival has been held in Los Angeles, was explosive! While we enjoyed Nicolas Feuillate Champagne, the attendees were treated to an exceptional performance by Belgian actor Jérémie Rénier in the movie “My Way”, a biography of the singer/songwriter Claude François directed by Florent-Emilio Siri. Every French citizen is familiar with François, who is known by the nickname “Cloclo” (which is the French name of the film). For those who are not familiar with him, Frank Sinatra’s song My Way, written by Paul Anka, was based on François’ song Comme d’Habitude.

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  • pinitbutton La Fête de la Gastronomie 2012 in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the rich diversity of the French gastronomic tradition, Frédéric Lefebvre, French Secretary of State for Trade, SMEs, Services, Tourism, the Professions and Consumption, created La Fête de la Gastronomie last year. I had met Mr. Lefebvre at Les Etoiles de Mougins, during the 6th Festival International de la Gastronomie, in September 2011.


This year, for the second edition of La Fête de la Gastronomie, Mr. Lefebvre wants to expand to the U.S. Watch my exclusive video interview with Mr. Lefebvre to get a very first taste of what will take place on September 22, 2012.

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  • pinitbutton GAYOT.com Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.

by Sophie Gayot


We are always happy to see the addition of new restaurants to the culinary scene. You will find the ones that impressed us the most in GAYOT’s just-published Annual Restaurant Issue. Check out our 2012 list of the Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S., which includes notable newcomers like GT Fish & Oyster Bar in Chicago, then watch my exclusive video interview with its chef/partner Giuseppe Tentori. Perhaps some of these places will grace a future list of Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

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