Curtis Stone on Fatherhood and Fighting Hunger
For those who love to cook -- and for many who don't -- chef Curtis Stone whets appetites for inventive recipes and entertaining TV. An acclaimed restaurateur who is also a regular on programs such as Take Home Chef, Top Chef Masters, and the Today Show, Stone attracts a legion of hungry fans.
The garnish? Critics also love him. His Los Angeles restaurant Maude has earned industry accolades, ranking as a semifinalist in 2015 for Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation. His second restaurant, Gwen, which doubles as a butchery and market, opened in summer 2016 on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard and is already one of the city's most-buzzed-about destinations for celebrity and non-celebrity meat-lovers alike.
Stone, 41, recently brewed up a new reality series, too, and he's ready to dish. My Kitchen Rules made its debut in January on the Fox Network. He describes the show as "a bunch of celebrity couples who host parties in their homes and try to out-cook each other." Season one features comedian Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie; Lance Bass of *NSYNC fame and his mother; and singer Brandy and her husband, music producer Ray J, among other familiar faces. Stone lays out a culinary challenge to the teams, attends the resulting party, and then provides an honest critique. "It's head-to-head competition and pretty good drama," he promises. "You can imagine!"
'This Is What's for Dinner'
Stone's passion for food -- he's written six popular cookbooks, too -- is the ideal ingredient for his work with Feeding America (FA), the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. He serves as a member of FA's board and has donated his time packing emergency food boxes for the organization's network of food pantries.
"I got involved with Feeding America when I started with The Biggest Loser," he says, referring to his appearance on the popular weight loss TV program. "In America, many of us worry about how we're going to realize our dreams. In other parts of the world and in parts of America, there are people who worry about how they're going to eat." Currently, 42 million Americans are classified as food insecure, meaning they lack reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food.