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With Sheriff Lee Baca

on July 28th, 2012
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Sheriff Lee Baca with Sophie Gayot at 2012 Bastille Day celebration in LA


Not many people know that Sheriff of the County of Los Angeles Lee Baca is a Francophile. He very often attends the official Los Angeles Bastille Day festivities and even gives a speech as part of the celebration. In fact, the first time I met him, it was actually in Paris and not LA!


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With Barbara Lazaroff

on July 25th, 2012
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Barbara Lazaroff with Sophie Gayot at the 2011 "An Evening on the Beach" event in Santa Monica

I really like this picture with designer Barbara Lazaroff, and co-owner of Spago Beverly Hills (currently closed for renovations). Thanks to her the old olive trees that were in the patio have been saved and will be replanted in a house of one of the charities she takes care of.

Barbara spends lots of her time raising money for charities. In fact, this photo was taken back in 2011 at “An Evening on the Beach”, a charity event supporting the mission of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels — the 2012 edition will be on July 26th. Come join us!

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.

At Meet Restaurant

on May 25th, 2012
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Hélene Ségara, Mathieu Lecat (front), Sébastien Cornic with Sophie Gayot


After watching the French movie “Intouchables” a few weeks ago at COLCOA City of Lights City of Angels, the French Film Festival held in Los Angeles, what better way to finish the evening than by dining with my French friends at a French restaurant?

We all headed to Meet restaurant in Culver City and dined on the restaurant’s specialty, mussels, which are prepared there in twelve different ways.

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