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Where to Dine in 2014

on January 03rd, 2014
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How to find the best restaurants

Clockwise from upper left: The Church Key, Hakkasan (Beverly Hills), Lazare (Paris), Hôtel Plaza Athénée (Paris)

by Sophie Gayot
As 2013 has ended, aren’t you looking forward to know where to dine in 2014?
We have a few things that can help.
Listen to my latest interview on chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show, which is now syndicated throughout America, where we discussed (listen to show here):
– chef Michel Richard’s new restaurant in New York, Villard at The New York Palace;
chef Jeff Mahin’s new additions to the Chicago scene, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria;
Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and Sam Marvin’s Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Las Vegas;
– then we went to Paris to talk about the major renovation going on at the Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée, and chef Eric Frechon‘s new gourmet bistro Lazare;
– we finished the journey in Los Angeles at Hakkasan, the new Chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills, and chef Steven Fretz’s The Church Key in West Hollywood, which is already so popular, it’s hard to get a table.

Continue reading “Where to Dine in 2014” »

by Sophie Gayot

For those of you who want to learn more about the chefs who are the recipients of the 2013 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.

Continue reading “The Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue” »



Seared foie gras at L'Abeille restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

Seared foie gras at L’Abeille restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel Paris

by Sophie Gayot

As you know, we go around the globe to bring the freshest news about the restaurant scene. If you missed me on the radio a few weeks ago, here is your chance to catch up on the conversation I had with chef Jamie Gwen. Her weekly radio show airs on Sundays in Los Angeles on KFWB News Talk 980.

Click on the restaurant names below to listen to what we had to say:

 L’Abeille, Shangri-La Hotel Paris, Paris
(More about the restaurant at with an exclusive video of executive chef Philippe Labbé);

Le Bernardin, New York
(More about chef Eric Ripert at’s blog);

Mercato di Vetro, West Hollywood;

Stella Rossa Pizza Bar, Santa Monica
(More about the restaurant at with an exclusive video with executive chef Jeff Mahin. The restaurant has just been named one of’s Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in the US);

Continue reading “Restaurant News on the Airwaves” »

Magnificent sugar holiday sculpture from the pastry team at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa

Magnificent sugar sculpture from the pastry team at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa

by: Sophie Gayot

If you missed chef Jamie Gwen interviewing me on her weekly radio show on KFWB 980 on where to spend New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, you may listen to it here.

My best tip is to read’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve restaurants in Los Angeles. And for other cities in the US, visit’s Dining Out for New Year’s Eve restaurant lists. 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas weekend!