Curtis Stone entertains NY State Fair crowd (Exclusive Interview)

Curtis Stone entertains NY State Fair crowd
Interview by Michael Aaron Gallagher

Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone is no stranger to drawing a crowd. As one of People magazine’s “sexiest men alive,” the 35 year-old celebrity chef and host of the third season of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” will bring his show to the New York State Fair, performing at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at Chevy Court.

Stone has appeared on numerous television programs including “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” “The Celebrity Apprentice 3,” “Martha Stewart” and “The Biggest Loser.” In a recent interview he talked about his upcoming visit to Central New York.

Q. “Have you been to the Syracuse, NY-area before and are you planning to use any New York State products in your demonstration at all?”

A. “I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Syracuse before and I’m really looking forward to it. I always like to incorporate local foods in my demos and New York State has so much to offer, from amazing cheeses to fantastic wines and sustainably raised, grass-fed meats.”

Q. “Nutrition is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. What should fairgoers keep in mind when they are enjoying the food at the fair?”

A. “Everything in moderation! It’s OK to splurge occasionally and give yourself treats. Just make sure to get your decadence and richness through natural foods if you can.”

Q. “What’s one easy snack no one should leave home without?”

A. “A piece of seasonal fruit makes the best snack.”

Q. “Celebrity chefs have become more popular than ever. How does it feel to have a following and are you ever amazed by the response you get from your fans?”

A. “It’s funny, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten used to being a celebrity. I still feel like the same guy that used to kick around the footy with my mates – I just don’t get to do it as much as I’d like these days! I’ve been blessed to meet incredible people and see amazing places around the world. It’s such an honor to be able to inspire people to connect to cooking and enjoy eating delicious food.”

Q. “What is the single most important moment that shaped your view of cooking and your personal style?”

A. “So many experiences have come together to form my views on cooking, but one of the most profound was truffle hunting in Alba, Italy. There we were with truffle-hunting dogs, rooting about for this extremely elegant and expensive mushroom that was buried in the dirt. I realized then that whatever I was doing in the kitchen was an attempt to live up to what Mother Nature had so beautifully provided.”

Q. “What do you hope to share with the audience at the New York State Fair and what is one thing you want them to take away from your show on the Chevy Court Stage?”

A. “Great food can be relaxed and easy. You don’t have to be an amazing chef to pull off a delicious meal. Get your hands on high-quality, local and seasonal ingredients and treat them simply, and you can’t go wrong.”

Curtis Stone entertains NY State Fair crowd
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