Chef Curtis Stone with Two Texas Darlings & What’s for Dinner!

On a perfect Spring afternoon in Texas, Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone visited Tanger Outlets in Texas City on Sunday April 21st, 2013 to promote his new book What’s for Dinner. Joining him was Houston’s “Diva of Dining”, Cleverley Stone who MC’d the event with her sparkling eyes and trademark charm.  Cleverley was joined by Chef Ja’Nel Witt of Houston, TX who is also appearing on Hell’s Kitchen Season 11 airing Tuesday evenings on Fox.

Together they delighted hundreds of Chef Stone’s fans who got a chance to meet & greet Curtis who is best known as host of Top Chef Masters now in his 4th season and Bravo TV’s biggest show to date, Around the World in 80 Plates. (source)

An hour prior to Chef Stone’s cooking demo and book signing, Cleverley took care of business first and conducted an interview with Chef Stone for Fox 26 TV.

Then Chef Ja’Nel and Cleverley had a chance to scratch off mutual bucket list items by chatting with Chef Stone on a variety of topics.

Cleverley noted they both shared the same last name, speculating a genealogical convergence at some point in their family history.  Chef Curtis was not so sure about the familial relations, but even he couldn’t ignore their strikingly similar colored eyes! What do you think?

Chef Ja’Nel had a chance to share her story with Curtis and also learn more about him. Particularly the visible redness in his left eye, which recently appeared. Curtis was not sure what it was until Chef Ja’Nel very calmly explained that it was a subconjunctival hemorrhage.

Her impromptu medical evaluation seemed to catch the two Stone’s off guard, but this was no amateur advice. Ja’Nel was accepted into Optometry school prior to her about-face into the culinary world, which has brought her all the way from sandwich prep cook to a face to face meeting with yet another world-famous chef. A chef that she not only admires but also seems to have the hots for!

Ladies in case you are wondering, Chef Stone is approachable and friendly. One of his biggest fans in New York City messaged me this morning to confirm the same. She asked, “Was he nice?” I said, “yes, he is a nice guy and funny…” Her response, “shew! I wanted to keep liking him, but if you told me he was rude, I would have hated him!”

Chef Stone, if you are reading this; rest assured the readers of the Alief Post still love you!

Guys on the other hand, just be glad he was not picking up your girl from grocery stores and taking her back to your place to make dinner. This is in reference to his hit reality show, Take Home Chef. Here is a synopsis of the show:

In each episode, Stone introduces himself to a stranger in a grocery store, typically a woman in her 20s or 30s, and asks if she is cooking a meal for someone that night. When the person responds affirmatively, Stone offers his services to help cook dinner. They drive to the participant’s house, cook the meal, and then surprise the participant’s partner or guest upon his or her arrival.

Let’s put it this way, if I came home after a long day at work only to find a 6’4, charming chef cooking with my girl in our kitchen laughing and throwing flour at each other; I’d have to reevaluate a lot of things in my life. Starting with the celebrity Aussie chef cooking in my kitchen.

In all honesty, he turned out to be a great guy, talented and genuinely cares about his craft and his fans. If you did not have a chance to meet him in Texas City or at his other book signings, I’d recommend you still purchase his new book, What’s for Dinner.

Its chock full of clever recipes that are geared towards people with an ultra-busy lifestyle. Here is what Chef Stone has to say about his book,

“I’m so excited about this cookbook. We all know what a busy life feels like and getting dinner on the table every night can seem like a huge challenge. This book is designed to be your go-to guide for every day of the week. Whether you’re short on time, looking to save a few dollars, or having friends over for a dinner party, this book has a recipe to meet your needs. More than 130 mouthwatering recipes have been broken down into eight chapters—one for each day of the week, plus an extra one of sweet things. With targeted chapters like Motivating Mondays, Thrifty Thursdays and Dinner Party Saturdays, you’ll know just how to plan your dinners all week long.” 

You can find the link to his site here where you can buy his book and learn more about Chef Stone: http://www.curtisstone.com/Kitchen-Products/Books/What-s-for-Dinner-cookbook.aspx