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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.)



  • pinitbutton Eating Iberico de Bellota Ham
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Maestro Cortador Paco Carrasco,, Saul Sola, VP Sales/Marketing 5J with Sophie Gayot


Last night when I went to Fig &Olive Melrose Place to celebrate their first anniversary, we were greeted with ham. A few words of Spanish and I was able to get more of the 100% pure breed Iberico de Bellota brought to us by the company 5J, and cut by “maestro cortador” Paco Carrasco. Hmmm, that was good (of course, it is one of the best cured ham in the world)….

Chef Pascal Lorange prepared a special menu for the occasion. See the pictures below.

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  • pinitbutton Receive GAYOT.coms 2012 Annual Restaurant Issue! brings you the latest restaurant news and reviews every day. But once a year, we compile the best of the best from coast to coast. Sign up now to receive the 2012 edition of our Annual Restaurant Issue, featuring the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., the Top 10 Steakhouses, Top 10 Romantic Restaurants and much more.

The highly-anticipated issue, which will also be available for the very first time as an iPhone app and touch-optimized iPad version, drops on March 28.

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  • pinitbutton With Chef Wolfgang Puck

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The picture behind über-chef Wolfgang Puck and me adorns the wall of one Puck’s many kitchens in Los Angeles. The question is a good one: “What would Wolfgang do?” I think by now the celebrity chef who has catered the Governor’s Ball after the Academy Awards for the past eighteen years really knows what he is doing.


Look at the success of his vast restaurant empire. The latest baby in the basket is simply called Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. After the massive, two-year renovation of the legendary hotel, there was no room for mistakes. Read my just-published review of the restaurant to see that none were made.


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

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