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With Chef Eric Ripert

on March 29th, 2012
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Chef Eric Ripert with Sophie Gayot

 

After judging the Mystery Basket challenge of the 10th edition of the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition, held a few weeks ago at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif., chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin restaurant in New York and I are about the enter Inglenook Winery’s chateau for a gala dinner.

 

Congratulation to Ripert as Le Bernardin restaurant has just been named of one GAYOT.com’s 2012 Top 40 Restaurants in the US!

(Sophie’s hair by byu-ti Hair Therapy Salon)



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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.)



With Actor Jim Belushi

on March 06th, 2012
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Actor Jim Belushi with Sophie Gayot

 
Where a better place to celebrate “Windy City West” in Los Angeles than at two of Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You’s restaurants Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and M Street Kitchen — the two spots are next to each other on Main street in Santa Monica. The pizzas, created by chef Jeff Mahin, at Stella Rossa Pizza Bar are so good that the restaurant is on GAYOT.com Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in the US.

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With Three Musketeers

on March 04th, 2012
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Chefs Chris Crary, William Bradley, Tony DiSalvo with Sophie Gayot

 
After getting a shopping lesson at the famous Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market by chef William Bradley, we decided to pose at the Viceroy hotel. Chefs Chris Crary and Tony DiSalvo greeted us at the door.

 

This time there were only three musketeers, not to defend me but to carry high the torch of fine and good cuisine: Chris Crary, chef de cuisine at Whist at the Viceroy, and who we have seen on season 9 of the TV show Top Chef; William Bradley, of the Addison restaurant at The Grand del Mar, a GAYOT.com Top 40 Restaurants in the US; and Tony DiSalvo, executive chef at the Viceroy.

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



With Gail Simmons

on March 03rd, 2012
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I don’t know where Oscar winner Jean Dujardin had dinner last night, but if he tried to dine at at Jordan Kahn’s restaurant Red Medicine in Beverly Hills, even he would have been turned away. Gail Simmons had the entire place to herself to launch her new book. Since it’s titled “Talking With My Mouth Full”, the silent movie star may not have been interested.

 

The restaurant was packed to see the “Top Chef” judge in the flesh. As Red Boat Fish Sauce helped making the evening possible, Kahn, one of GAYOT.com’s 2011 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US, used the sauce in preparing the appetizers, including pork chaud froid and 36 hour braised beef brisket wrapped in charred lettuce topped with lettuce stems. Mixologist Adrian Biggs created two drinks for the occasion; my favorite was the “Red Sapphire” made of Bombay Sapphire, raspberry syrup, Earl Grey syrup and maraschino liqueur topped with a mint leaf.

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