"It's really important for me to raise enough money for people who don't have enough to eat."
Curtis Stone is a master chef, best-selling author, TV host, and entrepreneur. When it comes to cooking, his philosophy is to cook as Mother Nature intended: buy locally produced seasonal and organic ingredients, keep recipes simple, and allow the food to speak for itself.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Stone left Victoria University in 1994 at the age of 18 to follow his passion for food. His strong will and love for quality cuisine led to a job cooking at The Savoy Hotel. Once a qualified chef, Stone began traveling throughout Europe with his best mate. Three months into his travels, Stone arrived in London broke and in need of a job. Determined to fulfill his dream of working in the world's best restaurants, he walked into legendary Chef Marco Pierre White's kitchen and offered to work for free in exchange for the opportunity to work alongside the three-star Michelin genius. After proving his worth by working for free for the first month, Stone was brought on staff and remained at The Grill Room at Café Royal for two years. From Marco's Grill Room, Stone advanced to sous chef at Mirabelle, where he contributed to the restaurant's highly revered Mirabelle Cookbook.
Stone remained at Mirabelle for two years, during which time it was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star. Stone was then handed the reigns to Marco Pierre's flagship restaurant, Quo Vadis, where he received critical acclaim and remained there until 2003 when he made the leap to television. His first show, "Surfing the Menu," ran for three seasons in 26 countries. In 2006 Stone made his debut in the United States via his own hit series "Take Home Chef" for the Discovery Network's TLC (The Learning Channel). The series has been a huge international success and has been viewed in over 70 countries around the world.
He can currently be seen on NBC's hit series "The Biggest Loser" as the specialist chef teaching the contestants how to make good nutritional choices and prepare healthy meals. He is also a regular contributor on America's most popular morning program, NBC's "The Today Show." Twice monthly, Stone provides viewers with tips and delicious recipes to try at home.
In fall 2008, he launched his line of sleek and eco-friendly kitchen utensils called "Kitchen Solutions" at Williams-Sonoma. The first chef to have an eponymous product line sold at the prestigious retailer, the functional and stunning products have been praised in a variety of publications including "The New York Times" and "O: The Oprah Magazine." The complete range of "Kitchen Solutions" is now available on his website.
Stone's fourth book, "Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone: Recipes to Put You in My Favorite Mood" successfully launched in April 2009. Published by Clarkson Potter, the book is packed with easy-to-make recipes for every meal of the day and the always important snacks, desserts and cocktails.
Stone is based in Los Angeles.
While working on "The Biggest Loser" Curtis was introduced to Feeding America and he was immediately moved by the great work the charity did. One in eight Americans are still affected by hunger and Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. Feeding America distributes more than two billion pounds of donated food annually and their network supports about 63,000 local agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and backpack programs. As a chef, food has been an integral part of Curtis' life, so he feels it's important to raise awareness for Feeding America and to raise money for people who don't have enough to eat.