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At Towne Food & Drink

on August 04th, 2012
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Owner Armen Shirvanian, chef Ryan Morrison with Sophie Gayot


I have to be honest: Towne Food & Drink restaurant owner Armen Shirvanian came up with the idea for this picture, not me. I think it was a good idea, as well as his restaurant. When I first saw it, I wondered why chef Ryan Morrison’s teeth were green. If you look closer, you will see that he is holding a house-made macaron from pastry chef Tamara Davis.


To see more of the new restaurant, located in the Watermarke Tower in downtown Los Angeles, visit the Towne Food & Drink photo gallery.

With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

on August 01st, 2012
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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa with Sophie Gayot at Caesars Palace


By the end of the year, I will be able to taste chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s cuisine at his new restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and even stay at his first boutique hotel: Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. I can even continue my meal there, as the hotel will offer 24-hour in-room dining service by chef Nobu.

Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Nobu.


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Chef Joseph Antonishek with Sophie Gayot



No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you: I am in a bathtub surrounded by hanging honey bears! Where could I possibly be? At Industriel restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.

Chef Joseph Antonishek has done a great culinary job in this funky place. The restaurant has earned a spot on’s list of Top 10 New & Notable Los Angeles Restaurants as well as the newly created Top 10 Happy Hour round-up.

View a photo gallery of the décor and the dishes I enjoyed there last week.

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With Chef Nona Sivley

on July 21st, 2012
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Hell's Kitchen winner season 8 Nona Sivley with Sophie Gayot

We may be behind bars in this photo, but chef Nona Sivley and I are not in jail but at Kerry Simon’s LA Market at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Since I was at L.A. Live last night, I could not resist popping in to the kitchen to say hello to her.

Remember Nona? She was the winner of season 8 of “Hell’s Kitchen.” The funny thing is that when I was on the show judging a challenge on episode 8, I compared her to another chef. And she ended up winning the show!

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Frédéric Lefebvre with Sophie Gayot


Si vous être contre  l’interdiction du foie gras en Californie, rejoignez Frédéric Lefebvre, ancien ministre de Nicolas Sarkozy, et signez sa pétition.


M. Lefebvre est un des deux candidats qui s’affrontent actuellement au second tour des élections législatives (vote par Internet jusqu’à mardi 12 ou à l’urne le samedi 16 juin) pour le siège de député de la première circonscription des Français de l’étranger (Français vivants au Canada ou aux Etats-Unis).


N’oubliez pas de voter. C’est un droit chèrement acquis, que beaucoup dans le monde n’ont pas et se battent tous les jours pour l’obtenir.

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