'Top Chef Masters' Host Curtis Stone's Daring New Dining Concept

Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone
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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Top Chef  Masters host Curtis Stone is set to open a tiny 25-seat restaurant Feb. 1 in Beverly Hills, an area not known for culinary daring. Named Maude after his grandmother ("She taught me how to make fudge") and staffed by veterans of El Bulli and Joel Robuchon, it will offer $75 nine-course prix fixe menus centering on one ingredient a month.

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He'll kick it off "with citrus -- frying it, poaching it, steaming it, skinning it, zesting it -- everything." He's banking on drawing a more adventurous clientele by situating his restaurant at 212 S. Beverly Drive, just south of the Golden Triangle. "I wouldn't open something north of Wilshire -- it feels too touristy. What we're doing here could be part of what's going on [in downtown L.A.]."

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