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Mar

  • pinitbutton The End of Culinary Alchemy?
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Ferran Adrià of elBulli

 

A recent health scare at the world-renowned Fat Duck in England has forced the prestigious restaurant to shut its doors. Owner Heston Blumenthal, referred to as a “culinary alchemist” issued the closure when over 40 customers reported cases of illness after having dined at his establishment. These events have caused quite a stir in the culinary world, as many are now questioning the safety of molecular gastronomy – a cooking technique that relies heavily on chemicals that are intended to “deconstruct” the ingredients and transform the flavor and presentation of dishes. One of the most famous molecular gastronomists, Spanish-born Ferran Adrià (named best chef in the world by British publication Restaurant Magazine), implements similar techniques at his restaurant elBulli and has stood firm ground in support of cooking with chemicals.

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Eric Frechon & Sophie Gayot already celebrating his high GAYOT rating

by Sophie Gayot

 

We were happy but not surprised to see executive chef Eric Frechon has finally earned his third Michelin star at his Paris restaurant Le Bristol, as we have raved about his culinary skills for years. Le Bristol, located in Hôtel Le Bristol, is one of just three dozen top restaurants in the world that we have rated as an 18/20.

While Michelin announced their honor in the 2009 edition of the famous red book that was published yesterday, we first gave our high mark way back in 2005.

Eric also has cooked a special dinner for us at Sylvain Rivet’s Amuse Bouche Fine Dining in Simi Valley (along with Josiah Citrin of Santa Monica’s Mélisse), and his talents are evident on both sides of the Atlantic. Take a bow, Chef!

 



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Mar

  • pinitbutton A New Bistro in the South Bay
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Sophie Gayot in the kitchen with Mark Evensvold

by Sophie Gayot

   Last night, Mark Evensvold was proud to show me his brand new kitchen. Mark is the operating partner at Paul Martin’s American Bistro in El Segundo.

Who is Paul Martin? He is Paul Martin Fleming, the founder of the Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar restaurants and the P.F. Chang’s China Bistros.

 

Easy to find on Rosecrans Boulevard, this location, which opened last week on Tuesday, is their second one, the first one being on Roseville, near Sacramento.

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  • pinitbutton Best Bread in Santa Monica at Huckleberry Café & Bakery
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Josh & Zoe Loeb with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Last week, I heard that the owners of Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Josh and Zoe Loeb, had just opened a café and bakery in Santa Monica

Being a fan of Zoe’s rustic pastries, I decided to check out Huckleberry Café & Bakery, and was impressed. Like Rustic Canyon, it features simple décor, somewhat noisy atmosphere, and quality products. Here, you will enjoy good home-style food, including sandwiches, salads, rotisserie chicken and sweets. It’s worth the drive just for the sourdough country boule alone.

All items are available for takeout. Read more about the place in our restaurant section.

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Feb

  • pinitbutton A New Star on Famous Sunset Boulevard
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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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  • pinitbutton Secret Venetian Pasta in West Hollywood
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Stefano Ongaro, chef Roberto Franzoni and Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

What happens when two Venetians meet in the kitchen? They cook Venetian specialties. All’ Angelo owner Stefano Ongaro (who has a gorgeous picture of his hometown on his computer background screen) is in heaven since chef Roberto Franzoni has been cooking for him. Listen to the two of them: they are not even speaking Italian, but the dialect from La Serenissima. For years Franzoni was the chef at the legendary Cipriani in Venice, then in New York.

No, I will not reveal the pasta recipe the three of us prepared—the pair refused to write it down for me. It is a longtime family secret. But I can tell you one thing: the only way to know more about this incredible dish is to go to All’ Angelo and discover the beauty of it for yourself!

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The Smelly Cheese Shop

on February 20th, 2009
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A variety of cheeses from Australia

by Alain Gayot

Going to a food market in any locale gives you a pretty good idea of what’s going on and teaches you a lot about a community and its people. I like to say that every time I head to Paris, as soon as I get off the plane, I head straight for the market. Each time I do that, I am amazed at the plethora of products, even if sometimes the morel mushrooms come from Oregon.

 

After a 23 hour trek from Los Angeles to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, we headed to the Central Market where, amongst an assortment of kangaroo and crocodile meats, local seafood offerings and exotic fruits, we were surprised to discover cheeses. Say what? Yes, cheese of the very best kind, made in various parts of the vast state of South Australia.

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Dining with the Stars

on February 19th, 2009
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Wolfgang Puck at this morning’s press event

By Dylan Nugent

This morning, a large group of press was on hand for the unveiling of the menu that will be served at the 81st Annual Academy Awards® Governors Ball, taking place immediately following the Oscars presentation Sunday evening. For the 15th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck will oversee the culinary aspects, while Spago Beverly Hills pastry chef Sherry Yard will be in charge of the dessert offerings.

 

The producer of the event, Cheryl Cecchetto, confides that the theme for the evening will be a combination of East and West “…inspired by nature’s earth, air, water, wood and fire, fused with contemporary design to provide a perfect sanctuary to celebrate in comfort and in style.”

 

GAYOT.com is pleased to be one of the first outlets to offer the details of the menu for our readers.

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Presidential Burger

on February 16th, 2009
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Sous chef Eric Samaniego with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

  

After shooting a TV show this morning on Presidents’ Day, (to be aired later, we will keep you posted), I got hungry around lunchtime. In the pursuit of keeping our Top 10 Burgers in Los Angeles list fresh, I headed to Comme Ca.

 

Here chef/owner David Myers maintains a the family tradition, and offers the burger that his mother used to cook: a thick patty of beef topped with cheddar, lettuce, onions and her own dressing. Just that, you will not find tomato, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, blue cheese and so forth. The only deviation from his mom’s recipe is the quality of the beef: Myers uses only certified Angus. And yes, Comme Ca is now on list!

 


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BMW Art Cars

on February 12th, 2009
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Alain Gayot at the LACMA BMW event

Fast Art


by Alain Gayot

 

A long time ago in a place far away from the City of the Angels, I grew up collecting toy cars. Yes, I always liked cars, often taking them apart and putting them back together. (The same goes for watches but that will be for another story.) One of these cars was a model of the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL that car enthusiast and racer Herve Poulin commissioned Alexander Calder to paint. I loved the car design by itself, loved the race car version even more, had no idea who Calder was, but I thought his finished version was rather cool. He also painted a plane for Braniff International, for those who remember the progressive airline which was the only American company to fly — albeit very briefly — the magnificent but doomed Concorde supersonic airplane.

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