Curtis Stone has eaten his way around the world, but if he had the chance to dine with anyone again, he'd go straight back to his roots.
"If I could share a meal with anyone, I think it would be my Granny Maude," he told The Feast (clip above). "You know, I never got to say goodbye to her properly. She left us a little bit earlier than she should have and I went on to name a restaurant after her. I'd just love to sit down with her. She was a real worrier and I'd love to tell her how everything worked out!"
And indeed it did. With all of his culinary success, he was able to honor the matriarch in 2014 when he opened the 25-seat Maude restaurant, his first L.A. eatery.
"Maude is a culmination of all my life and career experiences," Curtis said at the time. "I love restaurants and thrive in them, and from as early as I can remember, it's always been my dream to open my own. To be able to do so in Los Angeles where I'm raising my family makes this all the more special."
Maude is making some big changes. Starting in 2018, the restaurant will change from its current concept of tasting menus based around a single ingredient and will instead draw inspiration from the world's great wine regions for its quarterly changing tasting menus, reported Eater Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, catch Curtis as the host of the new series Top Chef Jr. Watch it only on the NEW Universal Kids. And tune in for Top Chef's Season 15 premiere on Thursday, December 7 at 10 pm PT/ET!
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