Things got really hot for all of the ladies in attendance at the Chatelaine Kitchen last Friday, and it wasn’t just from the heat of the GE Café Series stove. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, the Australian heartthrob and host of Top Chef Masters and Around the World in 80 Plates was in town to promote his new cookbook, ‘What’s For Dinner?’, and to demonstrate one of the book’s recipes. The mega-chef, who’s got his oven mitts in nearly every aspect of the cooking game, was relaxed and engaging in the prop kitchen. He talked about his early career under the legendary Marco Pierre White, life as a reality TV host, and cooking for his own family at home. If those in attendance weren’t enthralled enough by his presence, a dynamite preparation of Louisiana style barbeque shrimp (not actually barbequed) made even the men weak in the knees.
A Toronto based food fiend and travel nut with a lust for all things tasty. If his liver can process it (somewhat) then he’s likely game to give it a go. His wanderlust spirit has taken him all over the globe, living in 6 different countries from Canada to the US, South Korea to Europe. Along the way he’s developed a propensity for irreverent parlance and inhibition-less adventure. “If meat is king then dumplings are queen — I am a prince of noodle soups and a duke of hard drink — street food is life.”