Ladies, if you have any doubts that Curtis Stone is crazy about his new wife, former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Lindsay Price, think again. Forty-two days after tying the knot in Spain, the hunky Australian chef and Top Chef Masters host renewed his vows in Vegas over the weekend.
Stone, in town for a two-night pop-up dinner at the Palazzo, agreed to get hitched all over again at the Venetian Chapel after serving his second night of dishes from his new cookbook, What's for Dinner? Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life.
Stone, wearing all black including Crocs, and Price scurried up to the chapel on Saturday night around 10 p.m. following service that included a cake for the couple. The intimate ceremony was reserved for friends of the couple overlooking the pools that face Bouchon.[Photos: Tom Donoghue]
Stone also confirms he is opening his first restaurant in Beverly Hills by the end of the year in the former Pici Enoteca space. Stone plans to open the 30-seater with market-driven fare.
"We're still figuring out the final bits and pieces,"Stone says. "It's probably a bit early to talk about. It's a tiny, tiny, tiny little restaurant. It's what I've always wanted. Of course your life gets busy with this and that and you start thinking about other things."
So far, the restaurant still has no name. His partner, former XIV chef de cuisine Steven Fretz, is out of the project. "We're not working together anymore. He's moved on to do something else," Stone says. "I miss it. My life's been exciting."
Stone wants the restaurant to be a very personal experience. "I miss those kinds of restaurants that are intimate. Every time you go it's the same people, the same chefs, the same front of the house. When you cook in a little restaurant, it's like an honest job."
He will depend on in-season products for his recipes. "I feel like there's a renaissance about farmer's market and caring where your food comes from. I'm so sick of restaurants run by accountants," he says. "There you go. That's a scoop. You're the first person I told about this."
Those who doubt his prowess in the kitchen can rest assured the boy can cook. Stone, who worked under Marco Pierre White at the Café Royal and Mirabelle in London, cooked a five-course dinner, which included dishes created with thoughts of his father, Australia and summer, featured favorites from his cookbook such as seared scallops in coconut lime sauce, roasted lobster in corn butter and bacon marmalade and spiced lamb chops.
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