Celeb chef Curtis Stone is a busy man. He competed on Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, now streaming on Netflix, simply completed filming the second season of FOX’s Crime Scene Kitchen, and runs Maude and Gwen and Georgie’s Los Angeles eating places in Dallas. He’s additionally the writer of quite a few cookbooks and has a line of cookware on HSN.
We caught up with the Australian chef to speak about his newest undertaking, the launch of Gathar, a platform to take the onerous work out of leisure with the power to guide unbelievable eating experiences in Los Angeles.
Inform us a bit about Gathar and what’s particular about it.
CS: Gathar is Australia’s main platform for reserving personal cooks, now launching within the US with Los Angeles as the primary market. Gathar is exclusive as a result of it takes the work out of preparation, serving and extra so you may get again to entertaining and internet hosting with out all the trouble. Gathar is giving individuals time to benefit from the good occasions. Individuals can select or create the right menu and their culinary (chef, grazing stylist or caterer) arrives with all the pieces they should prepare dinner, serve and clear up.
How are you concerned with Gathar and why did you select to launch it?
CS: As a co-founder of the US, I am very enthusiastic about what Gathar is bringing to the US and all of the experiences we will create. Inviting family and friends over to your own home for a meal is the place a few of the greatest reminiscences are made, however because the one that’s often within the kitchen, I miss lots of these moments. Gathar makes it simple for anybody to guide their very own personal chef to allow them to sit again and benefit from the get together. I additionally love that Gathar helps cooks begin and construct their very own personal catering enterprise, one other problem I do know first hand. I can see how a lot worth Gathar can convey to our culinary companions, so cooks can give attention to what they do greatest.
How did it begin and unfold in Australia and why did you determine to convey it to California?
CS: Since its launch in 2018, Gathar now providers 30 areas throughout all Australian states and territories. After serving tens of 1000’s of 5-star dishes Down Below, we introduced the progressive platform to America.
We selected California to launch first as there’s a excessive demand from purchasers who like to entertain of their properties and a robust provide of cooks from the hospitality business.
When and the place will it’s launched?
CS: Gathar is now reside in Los Angeles. We plan to broaden throughout California in 2022, earlier than launching into different key states in 2023.
How do you see it benefiting cooks and diners in CA?
CS: That is a tremendous group of cooks and caterers that we’ll be supporting, giving them the power to create restaurant-quality eating experiences for individuals within the consolation of their very own properties. I feel this opens the doorways to alternatives for cooks, cooks and caterers to share their love of meals with much more individuals. There’s nothing like a house cooked meal, it is so intimate. Cooks are reaching out, connecting, networking, and doing what they’re most keen about: sharing their love of meals with the individuals round them.
How does it work and what are the prices? When will it’s launched and what’s the web site for extra info?
CS: Gathar hosts merely select or create the specified menu and the chef arrives with all the pieces wanted to prepare dinner, serve and clear up afterwards. A devoted Gathar concierge takes care of each scrumptious element from begin to end. Charcuterie tables and appetizer packages begin at $50 per particular person and sit-down menus begin at $160 per particular person.
What are a few of your subsequent initiatives?
CS: Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend debuts on Netflix on June 15. Anybody who is aware of me is aware of that I am a fierce competitor, so this present is my factor. I used to be an enormous fan of the unique Iron Chef and revered individuals like Mashauru Morimoto. It was a possibility I could not move up: hanging out with outdated mates like Dominique Crenn and Ming Tsai, whereas making new mates as they regarded over one another’s shoulders and realized from one another. I additionally simply completed filming the second season of Crime Scene Kitchen for FOX. I needed to be very diligent to go to the gymnasium each morning as a result of it’s a dessert competitors and I might spend the day consuming sweets. It is onerous work, however somebody has to do it! Keep tuned for extra particulars on that.
Gathar formally launches in Los Angeles on June 9, 2022. For extra info, go to the Gathar web site at https://www.gathar.com/.