Celebrity traveller: Curtis Stone

Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone is intoxicated by international cuisines and cultures, but for this Los Angeles resident there’s no place quite like home.

 

My most recent trip was…

Home to Australia for a month over Christmas. It was so incredible to relax with family and friends. We rented a house in Portsea for a week over the New Year and everyone came and cooked and camped out. It was amazing. 

The rule I live by when I travel is…

Pack light 

My favourite destination is…

Anywhere there is amazing food and vibrant culture. 

The country with the best food is…

It’s impossible to pick just one. I’m a classically trained chef, so I love France for its refined culinary tradition, but Italy always wows me with its gorgeous seasonal food. I love the intoxicating spices of Morocco and the intense craft of Japan. 

My thoughts on plane food are…

It’s on the upswing. I think airlines are catching on to foodie culture. 

One destination I’d really like to go to is…

Peru. I haven’t explored enough of South America. 

The most exotic place I’ve ever filmed in was…

In the sacred and protected Aboriginal villages on the Ningaloo Reef. It was a once in a lifetime experience. 

My biggest travel disaster was…

Trying to get to a food festival on Prince Edward Island, a tiny island off the east coast of Canada, during a hurricane. 

I’m the type of traveller who likes to…

Travel. 

One thing I always pack is…

A chef’s knife. 

I am most comfortable on long haul flights when…

It’s quiet and dark enough to sleep. 

When booking accommodation I look for…

A good gym. 

My secret for getting over jetlag is…

Walking barefoot outside for a few minutes when I land. 

My favourite hotel chain is…

The Morgans Hotel Group, which runs the Delano, Mondrian and Hudson hotels, and the Sanderson in London. 

The best place in Australia for serious foodies is…

The farms where food is grown or harvested, whether that’s the amazing dairies in Tasmania or the tropical fruit plantations in Queensland. 

My insider tips for eating in LA are…

Hit the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays – it has all sorts of local treats. Don’t miss the food trucks. They’re street food turned up a notch. And if you want to see a celebrity, be sure to book a table at the Ivy for lunch. LA is super eclectic. Whatever you can dream of eating is here. 

"I’m a classically trained chef, so I love France for its refined culinary tradition, but Italy always wows me with its gorgeous seasonal food. I love the intoxicating spices of Morocco and the intense craft of Japan." 

 

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