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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Where to Dine Out for New Year’s Eve

Sophie Gayot - Shanon Ferguson - Christian Philippo - Philip Spee - Holly Jivin - Aitor Zabala - Heather Denehy
In the kitchen at The Bazaar at SLS Beverly Hills – From left to right: Aitor Zabala (Assistant Director R&D Think Food Group); Holly Jivin (SAAM Chef & The Bazaar Sous Chef); Christian Philippo (General Manager The Bazaar), Philip Spee (F&B SLS outlet); Heather Denehy (Server); Shanon Ferguson (F&B Director SLS); with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Since there are so many restaurants offering dinner to celebrate 2013, we have put together lists of the best restaurants near you. The best of the best made GAYOT’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Restaurants in the U.S.!


Last night I headed to The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills to see what they were planning for the big night: be prepared for a Spanish Masquerade Ball. For $250, you will have unlimited access to the tapas and desserts that make Andrés’ cuisine so different, as well as drinks. Quite a deal for this restaurant!


If you choose to stay at home, make sure to pick the right bubbles with our sparkling wine guide.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and may you enjoy CONTINUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS IN 2013!

A New Pizza at Mercato di Vetro

Mateo Rogers - Andrew Adams - Sophie Gayot
General Manager Andrew Adams, chef de cuisine Mateo Rogers with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


When sbe executive chef Danny Elmaleh approached Mercato di Vetro chef de cuisine Mateo Rogers with the idea of doing a blackberry bacon pizza, he was intrigued. So was I when Rogers told me what kind of pizza I was holding when we took the picture above at sbe’s West Hollywood, California restaurant. I had to try it. Hey, why not? And, you know what? It actually works. It is a fun play on the toppings of the dish that Wikipedia defines as “an oven-baked, flat, round bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings.”
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Desserts by José Andrés

"Gin and Tonic" José's favorite cocktail
“Gin and Tonic” José’s favorite cocktail

by Sophie Gayot


The title of Roger Vadim’s 1956 film, “…And God Created Woman” starring Brigitte Bardot, comes to mind as we propose that José Andrés created — or at least recreated — desserts at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.


I had dinner there a few weeks ago. At the end I was forced by general manager Shannon Ferguson to try the new desserts — I say “forced” because chef de cuisine Joshua Whigham had already sent enough dishes to satisfy my appetite.

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An Italian Affair in West Hollywood

by Sophie Gayot


The latest accomplishment of Sam Nazarian’s sbe group is Mercato di Vetro restaurant in West Hollywood. The challenge Nazarian faces every time he opens a new place is to actually come up with a “new” place and not duplicate one of the successes he already has. Remember, sbe is at the helm of Katsuya (4 locations), The Bazaar by José Andrés, Cleo, The Abbey, Gladstone’s and Papaya King.


One of the reasons he has managed to continue his winning ways is because of the talented team Nazarian has assembled. It seems that all of them work really hard, so guests can have a great experience, leave happy and want to return. Watch our exclusive interview with one team member, sbe’s executive chef Danny Elmaleh, who created the menu at Mercato.

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