He may have made a career and home in Los Angeles, but celebrity chef Curtis Stone will always call Australia home. If he has his way, he likes to be in the country for Australia day — often near a barbecue.
“It’s a day we can all come together to celebrate, reflect and take pride in our country,” he says.
“It’s kind of nice after the busy times of Christmas and New Year to have a holiday that’s a bit more relaxed — just the way we like it Down Under.”
Curtis likes to return to Australia as often as possible, recently spending Christmas here with his wife Lindsay Price and their two boys, Hudson, 5, and Emerson, 2.
“I like to come to Australia about five to six times a year, for about two weeks at a time,” he says.
“I get to mix a little bit of work with family and leisure time.”
Since rising to fame as host of Seven’s My Restaurant Rules in 2004, Curtis has rarely been out of the limelight and is now one of our most successful and recognisable exports on television in the US.
During the past two years he has returned to the kitchen, opening two restaurants — Maude and Gwen — in Los Angeles.
But despite all the success, Curtis still loves nothing more than to cook, especially on the barbecue, something households across the country will do today.