He has a new Bravo show and a recently born son, so it’s a miracle that we got Curtis Stone on the line. Despite a whirlwind media day, the Top Chef Masters host gave us the scoop on Around the World in 80 Plates, traveling the world, and some destinations he’d like to re-visit.
You have a new show! How did you get involved in Around the World in 80 Dishes?
I was working with Bravo, obviously, on Top Chef Masters, and then they came up with this idea and I was like, “Are you kidding me? This is a dream.” So of course, like anybody with a heartbeat and a hunger for food and travel, I signed up for it straight away. Then we had to work on the format and finding the co-host and putting it all into place. I had an incredible time shooting it.
What can we expect?
You can expect a whole lot of action. They’re trying to interpret the local cuisine. You’re working on a team so everyone has their own opinions–it’s LA to London, London to Lyon, France and Lyon, France to Barcelona. Beautiful vistas, incredible food.
Was it stressful/challenging filming all over the world?
It was tough. We traveled extensively, so every two or three days you’re flying, [and] really long flights at that. Lindsey [Price, his partner] and I were expecting our first son so we had a totally different challenge to what you’d normally find when you’re doing a cooking show. But all that said, it’s such a beautiful experience, getting to travel the world. We really enjoyed it.
Any places that you were able to visit that you wish you could go back to or spend more time in?
I love Chiang Mai. We were in Chiang Mai, Thailand which is really special. I likely could have stayed there for another couple of weeks. That would have been very nice. Morocco was probably the other one that I have to go back to. Morocco is beautiful and interesting.
Do you watch yourself when the shows air?
Sometimes. You have to watch a lot in the booth when you’re recording the voiceover. It’s like hearing your own voice on the answering machine.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 24, 2012