The Seven Sins of Curtis Stone - Chef Patron, Maude
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The Seven Sins of Curtis Stone

Chef Patron, Maude
Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone is an internationally-known chef, TV host, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. His philosophy to cook as Mother Nature intended inspires Curtis to keep recipes simple, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients and allowing the food to speak for itself. Curtis is recognized around the globe for his ability to help home cooks find confidence in the kitchen with delicious, doable recipes and easy cooking techniques.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Curtis’ first found his passion for food whilst watching his grandmother make her legendary fudge and his mother roast her perfect pork crackling. He quickly learnt to appreciate the beauty of creating and eating homemade food and cherished the way it brought people together. That early lesson would ultimately become Curtis’ ethos and the foundation of his culinary career.

After finishing culinary school, he took a job at the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne before heading to London, where he honed his skills under legendary three-star Michelin genius, Marco Pierre White, at Café Royale, Mirabelle and the highly revered Quo Vadis.
 
Curtis opened a multi-functional culinary headquarters in Beverly Hills in January 2014, featuring a test kitchen and his dream, little restaurant, Maude.

While living in London, Curtis appeared in several UK cooking shows before catching the eye of television producers in Australia. At the age of 27, he became the star of a new cooking series called Surfing the Menu. It was an international hit that lead to his first American show, TLC’s Take Home Chef in 2007. That same year the blond-haired, blue-eyed young gun was named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.

Curtis broke into US primetime network television with appearances on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, America’s Next Great Restaurant and The Biggest Loser. In 2012, Curtis co-hosted BRAVO’s Around the World in 80 Plates and reprised his role as host of the network’s popular culinary competition Top Chef Masters, which returned for a fifth season in 2013. In addition to this, Curtis is host of the new edition of the Top Chef franchise, Top Chef Duels, scheduled to air this summer. As a frequent guest since ABC’s The Chew launch in September 2011, Curtis officially joined the ensemble cast as a regular guest co-host in November 2013.

Photo: Ray Kachatorian
 
Wrath - What makes you angry about the hospitality industry?
Curtis Stone Seven Sins
Anything that’s done all for the money and not for the love of cooking or the industry. You make an instant connection and can feel the warmth and buzz of restaurants, cafes and bars that have a lot of passion poured into them, with a hard working bunch of chefs and front of house staff who take pride and joy in what they do. The more places like this, the better!
 
Greed - If all your food fantasies came true what would be on your Plate?
Curtis Stone Seven Sins
Ooh, here we go. There would be foie gras, truffles and caviar – a gluttonous combination of decadent foods and a delicious bottle of red to enjoy with them.
 
Sloth - What do you do to unwind?
Curtis Stone Seven Sins
Eat and drink with my family and friends. There is no better way to unwind than over a home cooked meal shared with the special people in my life. I guess that’s not an overly ‘slothy’ thing to do but kicking back and watching hours of sport is pretty lazy and I definitely got a good dose during the recent World Cup!
 
Pride - What are you most proud of?
Curtis Stone Seven Sins
My little growing family. I have a beautiful three-year-old boy Hudson and baby #2 is on the way in September. Gosh, that’s crept up very fast – not long now until my gorgeous wife Linds and I meet our new baby.
 
Lust - Is there anything that you are still lusting to achieve?
Curtis Stone Seven Sins
Always! I’m a pretty driven, career-minded, stop-at-nothing type of guy. I like to set a combo of small, big, short-term and long-term goals for my team and myself to achieve so that we’re always working towards something great.
 
Envy - who are you most envious of?
Curtis Stone Seven Sins
Being green with envy is never a good thing, don’t you know? Ha! I like to keep my finger on the pulse as to what other chefs are up to and look to them for motivation and inspiration, but I wouldn’t say I’m envious of anyone.
 
Gluttony - have you ever over indulged? 
Curtis Stone Seven Sins
You know it baby! My mum used to call me a greedy little monster and I guess things have never really changed. I’m a self-confessed chocoholic so I can never have too much of it at my disposal because I keep going through it until there is none left.
 
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