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Frank Mottek with Sophie Gayot


Many of us in the Los Angeles area are familiar with the voice of radio host Frank Mottek who is in charge of the business news at KNX 1070 News Radio, a CBS affiliate. Now you can see what he really looks like!

You can listen to him during his stock market updates, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday when he hosts the “KNX Business Hour.” I was a guest on his show last week talking about the Los Angeles winners named in the 2012 Restaurant Issue.

With Chef Chris Crary

on April 07th, 2012
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Chris Crary, GAYOT 2012 Top 50 Rising Chefs in the U.S. with Sophie Gayot


Chef Chris Crary got voted out of Top Chef season 9 but not off He is one of GAYOT’s 2012 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S. Crary is the chef de cuisine at Whist restaurant, located in the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel.


(Sophie’s hair & makeup by Hair by Violette. Photo by Joseph Switzer.)

With Chef Bruno Serato

on April 06th, 2012
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Bruno Serato with Sophie Gayot


Last year when I saw the clip on CNN of chef Bruno Serato for his CNN Heroes nomination, I rushed to the restaurant, the Anaheim White House in Orange County, CA, to interview the philanthropic chef and see how I could help with his foundation Caterina’s Club.


So here I am now doing a GAYOT Dinner Series with him at the restaurant on April 26th to benefit the organization. Go to’s blog to find out all the details.

With Vinnie Malcolm

on April 03rd, 2012
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Vinnie Malcolm, owner of The Shave of Beverly Hills with Sophie Gayot


Last week, I made it to the men’s paradise The Shave of Beverly Hills. I did not get to shave the owner Vinnie Malcolm, nor got a treatment: the boutique only offer services for men in an old America atmosphere, (shave, hair cuts and facials).


The only thing women can do is to buy presents for their men, which include hats from London. We are not even allowed to enter the second room of the store where men relax while being taken care of by licensed practitioners. The evening I went it was to listen to young R&B singer Tommy Johnson. Thanks Tommy, as I was able to get a full tour of the shoppe.

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Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles councilmember district 4 with Sophie Gayot


Last night at the opening reception of the SPJ/LA 2012 Regional Conference “Best of the West” (Society of Professional Journalists), I had the pleasure to discuss with Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles councilmember district 4. I congratulated him for being so active for the city of Los Angeles!

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