Exclusive Interviews

By Sophie Gayot

When Sophie Gayot talks, chefs, celebrities and many other important people listen. Now you can watch and listen, too.

The official spokesperson of GAYOT.com, Sophie Gayot has conducted many intimate and exclusive video interviews with top toques and stars that can help you discover a restaurant, dish, hotel, wine and more. Check out her video series.


María Antúnez, soprano of the opera Dulce Rosa
Dan Aykroyd (comedian/actor), discussing about his vodka Crystal Head Vodka
Maurice Barthélémy (filmmake), at the 2011 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Frédéric Beigbeder (director), at the 2012 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Carlos Bernard (From Fox’s hit television series 24)
Bertrand Blier (writer/director), at the 2011 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Dany Boon (actor/director), at the 2011 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Plácido Domingo, conducting the opera, Dulce Rosa
Dr. Garth Fisher (ABC Extreme Makeover)
Mr. Richard Galy, mayor of Mougins, France, discussing with Sophie Gayot about Les Étoiles de Mougins
Alain Gayot, on Hell’s Kitchen, Season 6, Episode 13, aired October 13th, 2009

Sophie Gayot

• behind the scenes of the 2012 GAYOT.com Restaurant Issue
sabraging a bottle of Champagne Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Brut Rosé
sabraging a bottle of Champagne Dom Pérignon Vintage 1998
sabraging a bottle of Champagne Veuve Clicquot with Prince Frederic von Anhalt
sabraging a bottle of Champagne at the opening party of Riviera 31 Lounge Bar
• on Hell’s Kitchen, Season 4, Episode 8, aired May 20th, 2008
• on Hell’s Kitchen, Season 8, Episode 8, aired October 13th, 2010
• on The Insider, aired Dec. 27, 2008

Judith Godrèche (actress), at the 2011 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Mariel Hemingway (actress/model/yoga instructor), presenting her skincare line Tatchme
Dr. Gunther von Hagens (Body Worlds)
Lee Holdridge, composer of Dulce Rosa
Benoit Jacquot (director), at the 2012 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Thomas John, Psychic / Medium
Nicholas Kittle (Blue Man Group)
Frédéric Lefebvre (French Secretary of State for Trade, SMEs, Services, Tourism, the Professions and Consumption), discussing the 2012 Fête de la Gastronomie
Phillipe Le Guay (filmmaker), at the 2011 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Christina Machamer, winner of Hell’s Kitchen Season 4
Brian Malarkey, author of “Come Early, Stay Late”
Carrie McCully, host of the Food Network’s Chef Hunter tv show
David Minkin, international magician champion
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (writers/directors), at the 2012 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Jenny Okun, composer of Dulce Rosa
Lord Howard Posener, Master Magician by Royal Appointment
Jérémie Rénier (actor), at the 2012 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Hélène Ségara (singer), at the 2012 COLCOA Film Festival in Los Angeles
Bruno Serato one of 10 2011 CNN Heroes, and author of The Power of Pasta
Gail Simmons, “Top Chef” judge and author of “Talking With My Mouth Full”
Nona Sivley, chef de cuisine at LA Market, winner of Hell’s Kitchen season 8
Richard Sparks, librettist/director of the opera Dulce Rosa
Curtis Stone, Take Home Chef
François Truffart, director of COLCOA, presenting the 2011 edition of the festival
Adam Vadel, musician
Dr. Andrew Weil, partner at True Food Kitchen


Emanuel Andrén, chocolatier
Bananas Foster Tableside at Commander’s Palace
Caesar Salad Tableside at Bern’s Steak House
Cèpes with chef Gilles Epié at Citrus Étoile (closed)
Cheese Program, fromager Jason Truckenmiller at The Loft
Kristy Choo at Jin Pâtisserie (closed)
Churros with chef Julian Serrano at Julian Serrano Restaurant
Mitchell Davis at Vice President of The James Beard Foundation
Food wrapping at Gladstone’s Malibu
Fruits de Mer with executive chef Christophe Raoux at Le Café de la Paix
Christophe Happillon, Maître Écailler, discussing oysters and how to open them
Harry & David, Gail Simon VP Brand Marketing & Communications
Private chef Michèle La Porta, discussing about her Starlette Cake
David Martinon, Los Angeles French Consul General of France David Martinon and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom
Manrico Mincuzzi, president of the House of Balsamic
Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes
Paella at Julian Serrano restaurant
Pasta with chef de cuisine Luca Cesarini at Andrea restaurant at The Resort at Pelican Hill
Plate breaking at Cleo’s restaurant (closed)
Prince William’s Groom’s Cake with Kristen Olson, assistant food editor at Betty Crocker
Tahitian Raw Fish with Pierre Sudre, executive chef at Hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort


Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas
American Fish, executive chef Sven Mede
Julian Serrano, chef José Picasso
Julian Serrano, chef at Julian Serrano restaurant
Julian Serrano, general manager Stewart Patchefsky
Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
Pradeep Raman, general manager
Beaches Resorts by Sandals
Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Founder & Chairman
Bellagio Las Vegas
Fountain water show
The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel
Dana Farner, beverage director at CUT
Mishel Ledoux, general manager at CUT
Ari Rosenson, chef de cuisine at CUT
Caesars Palace
Mathieu Chartron, executive chef at Restaurant Guy Savoy
Todd Harrington, executive chef at Central Michel Richard
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, with sushi chef Kitt Xaiyashiha and chef Greg Fortunato
Brandon Flowers‘s concert on opening night
Comme Ca, chef David Myers
China Poblano, with executive chef Shirley Chung
China Poblano, tour of the restaurant at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Estiatorio Milos, with chef Joshua Smith
Estiatorio Milos, the interior of the restaurant with Adam Rand, Director of Operations
Jaleo, in the private room with José Andrés
Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills
Victor Casanova, chef at Culina Modern Italian
The Grand Del Mar
William Bradley, executive chef at Addison
The Hollywood Roosevelt
Vincent Cachot, Vartan Abgaryan and Rene Baez, hotel executive chef, executive chef and pastry chef at Public Kitchen & Bar
Hôtel Le Bristol
Eric Frechon, chef at Le 114 Faubourg
Hôtel de Crillon
Christopher Hache, chef at Les Ambassadeurs
Hôtel de Vendôme
Josselin Marie, chef at 1 Place Vendome
Hôtel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Fabrice Jarry, sommelier
Pierre Sudre, executive chef
InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Christophe Raoux, executive chef at Le Café de la Paix
The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa
Eric Espuny, sommelier and general manager at The Royce
David Feau, chef de cuisine at The Royce
The London West Hollywood
Anthony Keene, executive chef of Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel
Marcus Mueller, hotel general manager about On Rodeo Bistro & Lounge
JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live
Nona Sivley, chef de cuisine at LA Market
Le Mas Candille
Serge Gouloumès, executive chef
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Pascal Sanchez, chef de cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Thierry Marx, executive chef at Sur Mesure
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Claude Le Tohic and Kamel Guechida, executive chef and pastry chef at Joël Robuchon Restaurant Las Vegas
Montage Beverly Hills
Scott Conant, chef at Scarpetta Beverly Hills
Richard Ruskell, executive pastry chef
Montage Laguna Beach
Casey Overton, chef at The Loft
Craig Strong, chef at Studio
Jason Truckenmiller, fromager at The Loft
Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace
Nobu Matsuhisa
One&Only Cape Town
Adam Tihany, designer of Maze by Gordon Ramsay
The Palazzo Las Vegas
Nicole Brisson and Eric Lumley, executive chef and sommelier at Carnevino
Hôtel Plaza Anthénée, Paris
Christophe Saintagne, chef de cuisine at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
Le Royal Monceau
Laurent André, chef des cuisines at La Cuisine
A member of the Pierre Hermé team, at La Cuisine
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Andrea, with executive chef Jean-Pierre Dubray and chef de cuisine Luca Cesarini
making pasta with chef de cuisine Luca Cesarini
Sandals Resorts
Founder & Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Philippe Labbé, executive chef at L’Abeille
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
Orazio Parisi, former executive chef at Paparazzi
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
chef José Andrés
general manager Philip Dailey
Sofitel Los Angeles
opening party at Riviera 31 Lounge Bar
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
Rick Giffen and Claude Gaty, hotel executive chef and chef de cuisine at Top of the World
The Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas
Guillaume Burlion, executive chef at The Restaurant
THEhotel at Mandalay Bay
Bruno Riou, executive chef at Mix IN LAS VEGAS
Viceroy Santa Monica
Chris Crary, chef de cuisine at Whist
in the kitchen at the restaurant learning that he is one of GAYOT.com’s Top 5 Rising Chefs of 2012
W Los Angeles Westwood
Dakota Weiss, executive chef at NINETHIRTY
Wynn Las Vegas
David Walzog, executive chef at SW Steakhouse


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