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Curtis Stone is a master chef, best-selling author, TV personality, and entrepreneur.
When it comes to cooking, his philosophy is to cook as Mother Nature intended: buy locally produced seasonal & organic ingredients, keep recipes simple, and allow the food to speak for itself.
Curtis’ latest project has taken him all over the world. He is teamed up with Bravo again to host their biggest show to date Around the World in 80 Plates. The show follows 12 up-and-coming chefs racing across 10 countries in 44 days. Ultimately they will face-off in a kitchen takeover where they will not just recreate, but reinvent, the menus for Curtis and fellow world-renowned chefs.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Curtis left Victoria University in 1994 at the age of 18 to follow his passion for food. His strong will and love for quality cuisine led to a job cooking at The Savoy Hotel. Once a qualified chef, Curtis began travelling throughout Europe with his best mate. Three months into his travels Curtis arrived in London broke and in need of a job. Determined to fulfil his dream of working in the world’s best restaurants, he walked into legendary Chef Marco Pierre White’s kitchen and offered to work for free in exchange for the opportunity to work alongside the three-star Michelin genius. After proving his worth, Curtis was brought on staff and remained at The Grill Room at Café Royal for two years.
From Marco’s Grill Room, Curtis advanced to Sous Chef at the Mirabelle where he contributed to the restaurant’s highly revered Mirabelle Cookbook. Curtis remained at the Mirabelle for two years, during which time it was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star. Curtis was then handed the reigns to Marco Pierre’s flagship restaurant, Quo Vadis, where he received critical acclaim and remained until 2003 when he made the leap to television. His first show “Surfing The Menu” ran for three seasons in 26 countries.
In 2006 Curtis made his debut in the United States via his own hit series Take Home Chef for the Discovery Network’s TLC. The series has been a huge international success being viewed in over 70 countries around the world. More recently, Curtis signed an exclusive deal with America’s major network NBC. As the network's resident chef, Curtis can be seen on NBCs hit series The Biggest Loser teaching contestants how to make good nutritional choices and prepare healthy meals. He is also a regular contributor on America’s number one morning program The Today Show. Twice monthly, Curtis provides viewers with tips and delicious recipes to try at home. In addition, Curtis co-hosted NBC’s reality competition America’s Next Great Restaurant and took over as host of the third season of Bravo’s hit show Top Chef Masters, a role he’ll revisit in the show’s fourth season in 2012.
Curtis was the first chef to have an eponymous product line sold at the prestigious retailer Williams-Sonoma in the USA. His line of sleek and eco-friendly kitchen solutions is currently sold globally. The functional and stunning products have been praised in a variety of publications including The New York Times and O: The Oprah Magazine. The complete range of Kitchen Solutions is available on his website.
Curtis’s fourth book, “Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood” successfully launched in April 2009. Published by Clarkson Potter, the book is packed with easy to make recipes for every meal of the day and the always important snacks, desserts & cocktails. From caramel popcorn to Indian curry and chocolate mint martinis, the book is sure to leave your mouth watering and your appetite satisfied.
A partner on AOL Food’s “Trade Secrets,” Curtis provides expert advice, recipes & tips to the portal’s millions of users through a series of user-friendly videos.
Curtis is also the face of leading Australian food and liquor retailer Coles Supermarkets. As part of this collaboration Curtis provides customers with fresh food ideas, cooking inspiration and recipe solutions.
Curtis is based in Los Angeles. For additional information, please visit www.curtisstone.com