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  • pinitbutton To the LA Ladies Who Feed Us
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Bikini chef Susan Irby and Denice Fladeboe with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

When I appeared on Susan Irby’s Bikini Chef radio show in June, I suggested that we do another show dedicated solely to the many talented Los Angeles ladies in the restaurant and food business. That is exactly what we did on KABC 790 on October 2. If you missed the show, you can listen to it now.



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Decades of Helping Others

on September 29th, 2010
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by Sophie Gayot       

As we say: “Ladies, first!” Sorry, Master Puck, but in the video above, Barbara Lazaroff is the first to present the 28th Annual American Wine & Food Festival that the two of you created 28 years ago in a parking lot below the original Spago on Sunset Boulevard. Some chefs, like Piero Selvaggio of Valentino, have attended all of these great charitable events since. Continue reading “Decades of Helping Others” »

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The American Wine & Food Festival

by Jeff Hoyt

If the start of fall is bringing you down this week, perk up by attending the 28th American Wine & Food Festival which supports the Meals On Wheels Programs of Los Angeles. If Saturday night in LA is chilly, warm up with fine food from chefs from around the globe, including Thomas Keller (Bouchon), Paul Bartolotta (Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare), Tetsu Yahagi (Spago Beverly Hills), David McIntyre & Sally Camacho (WP24), Mark Peel (Campanile, The Tar Pit), Julian Serrano (Picasso), François Payard (Payard Patisserie & Bistro), Cameron Lewark (Spago Maui), Dean Fearing (Fearing’s) and Paul Prudhomme (K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen). There will also be plenty of wine and spirit purveyors pouring their warming wares on the backlot at Universal Studios, including Duckhorn Vineyards, J Vineyards, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Beam Global Spirits & Wine and Ultimat Vodka. You can also dance to stay warm, as we did last year until security made us stop, but that’s another story!
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  • pinitbutton Is Spago Beverly Hills Becoming Spago Bel Air?


Perhaps you’ve heard the same rumor I have: that that Spago Beverly Hills was going to relocate to the Hotel Bel-Air, which is currently closed for renovations. The rumor makes perfect sense, as the landmark hotel is part of The Dorchester Collection, famous for attracting top chefs. Don’t they have Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris and Yannick Alléno at Le Meurice restaurant (redecorated by Philippe Starck)? And, they could certainly afford it.

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Friday house-made spaghetti and veal meatballs at Spago Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot

Having lunch at uber chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills on a Friday requires much more time than on any other day. For some unknown reason, for many years now, when you enter on a Friday at noon or one o’clock, don’t expect to leave until 4 or 5pm. That is what everybody does and, please, don’t break the tradition. The restaurant becomes sort of a friendly club where everybody starts talking to each other, especially when Barbara Lazaroff starts going from table to table.

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Chef Wolfgang Puck with Sophie Gayot at the opening of WP24 at The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles

by Sophie Gayot



As downtown Los Angeles continues to attract more visitors, it has also convinced Wolfgang Puck, GAYOT’s 2010 Best Restaurateur in the U.S., to open another restaurant. Not far from the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill located at L.A. Live, WP24 gets its name from the chef’s initials combined with its location on the 24th floor of the new The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles hotel. Two large, completely separate rooms boast illuminated views of the surroundings. It’s decorated in two different styles, but I did not like either one.


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Entrance to the 52nd Annual Governor’s Ball

by Alexandra Rowinski



24 hours before all of the designer-clad and diamond-studded celebrities posed for flashing cameras on the red carpet, I threw on an old cocktail dress, pinned back my hair and happily danced my way up the steps of the Kodak theatre to attend the preview of the 52nd Annual Governor’s Ball. Despite the rain, the crowd of curious onlookers was rather large! No one wanted to miss the sneak peek to one of the biggest parties in Hollywood, the traditional and lavish follow-up to the annual Academy Awards ceremony.



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  • pinitbutton Wolfgang Puck Opens Two New Restaurants in Las Vegas
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Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas

by Becky Sauer


Las Vegas’s CityCenter continues to add to its impressive roster of restaurants with the opening of Wolfgang Puck’s Brasserie Puck and The Pods by Wolfgang Puck at the Crystals retail and entertainment district. The latter is a casual all-day café while the former is a modern French restaurant offering reinterpreted classics such as Kobe flat-iron “steak frites” with marrow-mustard butter.


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  • pinitbutton GAYOT 2010 Restaurant Issue
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Michael Cimarusti, Providence; William Bradley, Addison; Josiah Citrine, Melisse; Tony Esnault, Patina; André Gayot; Wolfgang Puck, Spago; Sophie Gayot; Hiroyuki Urasawa, Urasawa; Craig Strong, Studio. Photo Walter Mladina.

By Sophie Gayot


For the just released 2010 Restaurant Issue, we gathered seven Southern California chefs who all earned a spot on our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list. The photo was taken at CUT restaurant in Beverly Hills to celebrate Wolfgang Puck, who was also honored as our 2010 Best Restaurateur in the U.S.


Besides the Top 40 Restaurants, we also reveal the Top 40 Cheap Eats, and much more. You won’t believe what we have to say about Food Trucks!


We’re happy to publish your thoughts on our 2010 Issue in our Forum.

  • pinitbutton An Exceptional Evening at Spago Beverly Hills
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Chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Thomas Keller with Sophie Gayot

By Sophie Gayot



Fresh off the plane from Paris, I had only a few minutes to change before heading to Spago Beverly Hills for the 10th Annual Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner, held last night. Benefiting Meals-on-Wheels Programs of Los Angeles, it is one of the most prestigious charity dinners in the country.


Wolfgang Puck, Lee Hefter & Barbara Lazaroff, along with chef de cuisine Thomas Boyce and executive pastry chef Sherry Yard, welcomed six very fine chefs into their kitchen to prepare an elegant six-course dinner.




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