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With Randy Jackson

on February 08th, 2012
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Randy Jackson with Sophie Gayot

 

I was not the only one dining at über-chef Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air last night (luckily for the restaurant). The multi-talented Randy Jackson, who has been a judge on American Idol since 2002 — longer than anyone else — was sitting next to me. I had dined with him before, and know he is a gourmet, so I was not surprised to see him there. As we know, he is a tough judge, nice and fair but tough…
My judging of the dinner: very good California cuisine, with precise execution that grants the restaurant a GAYOT.com rating of 16 out 20. Here is the explanation of the GAYOT.com rating system.
For more about Hotel Bel-Air, read my October blog post which I wrote after touring the hotel a few days before it opened.



With Ben Flajnik & More…

on February 02nd, 2012
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From left to right: Ben Flajnik, Sophie Gayot, Eric Greenspan, Danny Fay, Michael Bezinger

Last week I interviewed the owners of Sonoma County’s Envolve Winery who were in Los Angeles. They are three childhood friends: Danny Fay, Michael Bezinger, and Ben Flajnik, whom you may know better as The Bachelor on this season’s ABC television series. Intimidated a little by the thought of meeting Flajnik, I wanted to find a cool place that felt romantic and sexy. Hey, you never know; if by the season’s final episode, he had not found a future spouse, maybe I had a chance!

Immediately, Eric Greenspan’s new restaurant The Roof on Wilshire at The Hotel Wilshire came to my mind as a great spot to meet. Chef Greenspan kindly welcomed us. Thank you, Eric! But I’m still waiting to be asked out for a second date.

For all about wines, go to GAYOT.com’s Wine section.



With Charlotte Ross

on January 21st, 2012
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Actress Charlotte Ross with Sophie Gayot

 

 

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting actress Charlotte Ross at The Butterfly Gala – An Enchanted Evening, held at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills — get a photo tour of the hotel at GAYOT.com’s blog.

 

The GLEE star was the host of the soirée benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, attended by over 300 guests.

 

Charlotte is as charming and courteous as she looks good, so it made my evening even better!



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