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!

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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And the LA Winners Are…!

by Sophie Gayot


On Valentine’s Day, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Frank Mottek of KNX1070 about our 2011 Restaurant Issue.


Since his daily show, the KNX Business Hour, airs locally, we discussed the Los Angeles winners in the following categories:


Top 40 Restaurants in the US — there were five local winners: Mélisse, Patina, Providence, Spago Beverly Hills, Urasawa
Top 10 New Restaurants in the USThe Royce was our choice
Top 10 Steakhouses in the USCUT at the Beverly Wilshire
Top 10 Insider Picks in the USThe Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Top 5 Rising Chefs in the USChef Jordan Kahn at Red Medicine.

If you missed the show, you can listen to it here.


I also mentioned Cleo and Savory, two new restaurants, for their very reasonable prices. For more about new restaurants in Los Angeles, visit GAYOT.com’s New & Notable list.

Sixth GAYOT.com Dinner Series

Craft Los Angeles chefs Anthony Zappola and Shannon Swindle with Sophie Gayot
Craft Los Angeles chefs Anthony Zappola and Shannon Swindle with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The 6th GAYOT Dinner Series will be in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Signature Chefs Auction for the March of Dimes Greater Los Angeles Division held at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. The lead chefs of the event will be chef de cuisine Anthony Zapolla and pastry chef Shannon Swindle from CRAFT Los Angeles.
 
 
During the evening, ten chefs from the greater Los Angeles will be presenting tasting portions in the private courtyard of the SLS Hotel. As the honorary chair, I will be in the crowd mingling with the chefs and attendees, so you can ask me any question you have about food and I will be happy to answer. Continue reading “Sixth GAYOT.com Dinner Series” »