Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone

Stone in Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 2007
Photo by Joseph Trotz
Born 4 November 1975 (1975-11-04) (age 36)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Chef, Television Personality

Curtis Stone (born 4 November 1975) is an Australian celebrity chef, author and television personality, nicknamed "The Quiet Terminator"[1] by fans following his performance on The Celebrity Apprentice 3.



Stone was born in Melbourne, Victoria and began cooking with his grandmother at the age of five. He attended Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. His father, William Stone, is an accountant.


Stone was studying for his Bachelor of Business before deciding his heart was in food.[2] He worked at some top Australian restaurants before leaving to work at various restaurants in London. In Australia, he debuted his cooking career at age 18 at the Savoy Hotel.[3] On completing his qualifications as a chef, Stone began cooking in London alongside Marco Pierre White at the Café Royal and Mirabelle.[4] He went on to become head chef at Marco's Quo Vadis before moving to the exclusive Restaurant 301 located in Eureka, California.[5]


Stone returned briefly to Australia to make the cooking show/travelogue Surfing the Menu (on ABC TV) with another chef, Ben O'Donoghue.[6]

No stranger to television, Stone has appeared in a number of cooking programs in the UK, including Dinner in a Box, Good Food Live and Saturday Kitchen. He also hosted the first series of My Restaurant Rules,[3] but from then on, it was replaced by Ian Dickson for the second series. Stone starred for two seasons in the now canceled Take Home Chef on TLC in the United States.[7] He is, at the same time,[8] the main chef, author, and host of the new series in which he specializes in putting shrimp on the "barbie".

Stone has appeared twice on NBC's Today. His second appearance featured him visiting the home of host Meredith Vieira to teach her how to cook, as her children had complained that she did not know how to cook.[9] Stone is scheduled to appear on the show again in the coming months for a feature on grilling and barbecuing. He has also recently appeared on Martha Stewart's show Martha, also on NBC, preparing two of his signature dishes.[10] He also appeared on Stacy London's talk show Fashionably Late.[11]

On 13 May 2009, Stone appeared as a special guest chef on Network Ten's Masterchef, and again on 19 May. He also appeared on the show's finale, which aired on 19 July. He has appeared on Food Network's Iron Chef America in the episode Battle Skipjack Tuna, where he lost to Iron Chef Bobby Flay 49-37.[12] Stone has also appeared on several episodes of The Biggest Loser.

Stone was also a candidate on The Celebrity Apprentice 3, which premiered in March 2010 and was the third installment to the "Celebrity" version of The Apprentice. The show premiered on 14 March 2010, and Stone was fired on 16 May 2010, placing fourth out of the fourteen contestants. Stone has also made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as The Ellen Degeneres Show. He also does TV commercials for Coles Supermarkets (meals for under $10), as well as Hy-Vee supermarkets.[13]

In June 2010 it was announced that Stone would join the judging and investment panel on NBC's new series America's Next Great Restaurant alongside Bobby Flay, Steve Ells and Lorena Garcia.[14] The first season aired Sundays from 6 March to 1 May 2011 directly followed by the fourth edition of The Celebrity Apprentice, where Stone made a guest appearance on the first episode. He was brought in to judge the pizzas the two contesting teams had to make in their first task, ultimately handing out a check of $35,000 to the team he considered made the better pizza.[15]

In 2011, Stone became host of the third season of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, replacing Kelly Choi.[16]

Other projects

In 2007 Stone hosted the Great Barrier Feast Culinary Masterclass event on Hamilton Island featuring other notable Australian chefs, Geoff Jansz, Shannon Bennett, and Justin North.[17]

In 2008 Stone developed 'Kitchen Solutions by Curtis Stone',[18] a line of kitchen utensils, accessories and glassware. He also has written a series of cookbooks, including Surfing the Menu: Two Chefs, One Journey: A Fresh Food Adventure and Cooking With Curtis: Easy, Everyday and Adventurous Recipes for the Home Cook. His latest book, Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood, was released in April 2009.[19]

Stone’s cookbook, Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone (ISBN 9781741669718), was published by Random House Australia in November 2009. It is a collection of recipes that are fuss free and tasty.[20]

In 2010, Stone appeared at the Singapore Sun Festival to give a cooking class and a cooking demonstration.[citation needed] In October 2010 it was announced that Stone had created recipes for in-flight meals for United Airlines.[21]

Curtis Stone is also creating recipes, and commercials for West Des Moines, IA based Hy-Vee grocery stores.

Personal life

Stone was listed as one of the sexiest men alive in People magazine in 2006 alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Stone is also a life long fan of the Geelong Football Club. In 2008 Stone was fined $350 for driving under the influence of alcohol in California.[22] Since early 2009 he has been dating American actress Lindsay Price.[23] The couple have one son (born November 2011).[24]


  1. ^ Daniel Maurer (13 January 2011). "Curtis Stone Replaces Kelly Choi As Host of Top Chef Masters". Random House Australia. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Curtis Stone". 24 November 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Take Home Chef: Meet the Chef". TLC. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Curtis Stone : Celebrity Chef". Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Curtis Stone - Surfing the Menu". Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ TLC : Take Home Chef
  9. ^ "Cooking with 'Take Home Chef' Curtis Stone - Today: Food: Recipe -". 25 April 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Chef Curtis Stone and Makeup Tips". Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Fashionably Late with Stacy London". 12 December 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "List of Iron Chef America Episodes". 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Curtis Stone and Two Others Join Bobby Flay Restaurant Series". 
  15. ^ The Apprentice (Season 11): Episode 1
  16. ^ "Bravo: Curtis Stone to Host Top Chef Masters Season 3". 
  17. ^ "Island daze for tropical gourmands". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 July 2007. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ Gayot, Sophie (20 June 2008). "Cooking With Curtis Cookbook Review". article. The Food Paper. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  20. ^ Curtis Stone (November 2009). "Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone". New York Magazine. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  21. ^ Haywood, Linda (27 October 2010). "Curtis Stone Recipes: Braised Short Ribs and Chinese Chicken Salad". article. The Global Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Aussie chef running hot abroad". News Ltd. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  24. ^ "Celebrity chef Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price welcome baby boy". Herald Sun. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 

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