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You may best recognize the strapping Australian as the host of Bravo’s "Top Chef Masters," TLC's "Take-Home Chef," or as a contestant from Donald Trump’s "Celebrity Apprentice," but fun fact(!), the pretty face on the television can legitimately chef.
So - we recently decided to shoot the breeze with Stone about paying his culinary dues and his mum's cracklins.
His empire grew pretty quickly and I ended up running a couple of his restaurants, including head chef at Quo Vadis. I was executive chef there, and ended up running his whole business as executive chef of the company.
I worked for him for a long time and went off to work for a famous designer named Terrence Conran – and then I moved over to the States."
Was it tough getting your foot in the door, while still wanting to make your own mark?
You get more and more stuff, and I think working in hardcore crazy kitchens is what you have to do. You grow up wanting to be a great chef and building a name for yourself, but first you have to work for other people and their name - so that’s the journey."
A lot more people are interested in culinary careers because of shows like "Top Chef." What would you say to them?
If you are coming to it because of "Top Chef" thinking you can get your own TV show, it's probably not the right career for you. There are only so many chefs who have their own TV show, and a million other chefs who peel carrots all day long.
You’ve got to have a real love for the food and a passion for doing it. If you haven’t got that, then it’s the wrong career move."
You're from Australia. What's that one taste of home that brings you back?
Who is someone that you’d love to have dinner with? Your dream dinner date, so to speak.
There are also a couple of incredible chefs that I would love to sit down with and learn their mentality. People like Paul Bocuse – people that really started gastronomy as we know it."
What is one food or drink you cannot go a day without?
What is your recommendation for your favorite summer drink? We need a way to relax and cool down.
Devna Shukla is an Associate Producer for CNN's AC360°.
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