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Curtis Stone, who is this guy?

I am seeing Curtis Stone EVERYWHERE these days - Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Next Great Restaurant - and he is always intriduced with a bio of "Celebrity Chef" but no detail on his experience. Who on earth is this guy, what has he done, and why is he a celebrity? I honestly never heard of this guy in my life!

I feel like the bar to be called a celebrity chef (in fact any celebrity) just keeps getting lower and lower. For example on the Chopped All Stars episodes, apparantly simply losing on a reality show makes you a celebrity, but I digress...

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  1. Ahhh...Curtis. I first saw him a few years ago on one of the cooking channels as the Australian born, London chef who stopped grocery shoppers in the LA area and invited himself into their homes and kitchens to cook dinner for their families and guests. Supposedly he was out to teach those women how to cook. Here's his web site:

    http://www.curtisstone.com/About-Curt...

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    1. re: Gio

      To be fair, it was the production staff that approached people in the stores and asked if they wanted to participate (I had also heard that the people actually applied to be on the show and the store part was a set up, but not sure if that is true). Curtis would just walk in and look for the cart with the ribbon tied on it. Wasn't like he was stalking or anything.

      1. re: Gio

        Take Home Chef was the name of that program and first introduced Americans to Curtis.

        I thought at the time it was clever and sweet and clearly Curtis' charm and Aussie accent was played to the camera but the Curtis of tv lately is more intense. It's difficult to know what is real and what is scripted with these shows but I still find Curtis appealing.

        And, overload happens with every chef that strikes a cord with viewers. Every single tv chef.

        1. re: HillJ

          Yes, Take Home Chef. On the TLC channel, now that I think about it further.
          I still find Curtis appealing too...

          1. re: Gio

            Right?! Why should the guys get all the eye candy. I can be charmed just as easily :)

            1. re: HillJ

              Hmm, for some reason I always thought you were a guy. Well, anyway, I wouldn't be so quick to presume that he doesn't have appeal for some guys, heh - although he doesn't particularly appeal to me personally. :-)

              1. re: huiray

                Hi huiray, no presumptions here thank you (while ironically you've presumed I was male, what a hoot) I was speaking for myself.

                As a strong happily married woman, Curtis makes me smile.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Funny, I thought you were a guy too! I think he's hot.

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    Ha! Does that mean you're a female living in southern Italy who loves spaghetti?

          2. re: HillJ

            I liked him as the charming guy on THC, but I also really like the intensity and probing questions that he is asking on this show.

            Wasn't he also on Celebrity Apprentice? If you saw that show, can you say what he was like on that particular version of Reality TV?

            Also, does anyone know what his credentials are as a chef and not just eye candy for whatever reality food TV is on today?

            One thing for sure is the guy has a heck of an booking/PR agent.

            1. re: chicgail

              http://www.curtisstone.com/About-Curt...
              this link from up thread provides some background and a jumping off point to other cred. on Curtis Stone.

        2. Imho, he attained "celebrity" because he is handsome and personable. Yes, he really is a chef, but so are a great many men and women who will never see the lens-side of a tv camera. ;)

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Isn't all TV about attractiveness and personality (except maybe Dr. Phil)?

          2. wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_S...

            I am on Curtis Stone overload. Not only is he on those, but he also regularly appears on the Biggest Loser. I am really tired of him.

              1. I couldn't agree more.

                I can't watch America's Next Restaurant any more because of him and TC Masters I will try but sure it will be the same.

                He is nasally and conceited, enough for me to not be able to stomach.