Curtis Stone Drops Hints About 'Top Chef Masters' and His Wife's Special Surprise
Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price (WireImage)
Curtis Stone is kicking off his fifth season as the host of "Top Chef Masters" on July 24, and he dished to Yahoo! TV that things on the hit show will be soaring to new heights, with tons of surprises coming up.
This season the show, which filmed in Los Angeles, added big-name chefs like returning "Masters" competitor David Burke, Jennifer Jasinski, and former "Top Chef" star Bryan Voltaggio to the cast. In addition, producers mixed in several A-list celeb guest judges, including stars Kathie Lee Gifford, Busy Phillips, and Mindy Kaling. But one guest judge definitely took the 37-year-old celeb chef by surprise: His wife, Lindsay Price.
Prior to the pair's June 8 nuptials, the "Hawaii Five-0" actress conspired with "Top Chef Masters" producers to plan a surprise engagement party for her hubby-to-be and served as a guest judge for that episode.
According to Stone, he was completely in the dark about his future wife's appearance on set.
"She decided to throw this surprise party and invited a bunch of our friends. Of course I was sitting in the greenroom, and I am like a detective; I tried to figure everything out," he dished. "I was incredibly amazed that she was able to throw this surprise for me. It was a lot of fun, though."
He continued, "That episode just blew me away because she is the last person to put herself in the spotlight. She is a very private person for that sort of thing."
Of course Stone claimed that his wife was his favorite guest judge all season, but he added that it was particularly interesting to see her dissect each chef's food.
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"Linds has obviously experienced amazing food. She has been to great restaurants and she has a really interesting palate, but I never sit down with her and analyze food. For us it is just fun to eat great food," Stone said. "It was interesting, her sharing her opinion with everybody else there, because she is so knowledgeable about food."
His wife's surprise appearance wasn't the only thing hot in the kitchen. Stone says that adding the first ever "Top Chef" contestant, Bryan Voltaggio, to the "Masters" mix supplied plenty of fireworks.