Curtis's food philosophy places an emphasis on fresh, local, seasonal produce (with a nod to sustainable development and ethical farming practices), exploration of different food cultures, and the ability of food to bring family and friends together. For Curtis it is about the total cooking experience - bringing confidence to the kitchen and happiness to the table. Curtis Stone is currently the host of Arena's Top Chef Masters and the Discovery Channel's Around the World in 80 Plates. Born in Melbourne, Stone honed his skills in London at Cafe Royal under legendary three-star Michelin chef Marco Pierre White, and at Mirabella and the revered Quo Vadis. Curtis now lives in Los Angeles with his family.