“Top Chef Masters” host and chef Curtis Stone spent his Friday night cooking for fans during an up-close and personal weekend at his pop-up restaurant inside the Palazzo. Venetian executive chef Olivier Dubreuil joined Stone in the kitchen to prepare the five-course tasting menu.
Guests, including Curtis Stone’s wife Lindsay Price, began the night with a champagne reception, then were treated to a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings crafted by the Australian chef himself.
Throughout the dinner, Stone emerged from the kitchen to explain the inspiration behind each course. The dishes were created with thoughts of his father, Australia and summer. The five-course menu included fried zucchini stuffed with taleggio, seared scallops in coconut lime sauce, roasted lobster in corn butter and bacon marmalade and spiced lamb chops. The dinner was completed with peaches with melted boucheron and New York cheesecake paired with cherries. All of the items served at the “pop-up” can be found in his cookbook, “What’s for Dinner? Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life.” The evening ended with each guest receiving an autographed copy of Stone’s cookbook.