Stone brings WA to the US

The West Australian - - AAA WEEKEND -

WA pro­duce could be show­cased on the menus of celebrity chef Cur­tis Stone’s Cal­i­for­nian restau­rants next year.

Stone ar­rived in WA on Thurs­day as part of a 10-day visit to re­search farms, sta­tions, prove­dores and vine­yards for in­spi­ra­tion for the menus of Maude in Bev­erly Hills and Gwen in Hol­ly­wood as well as SHARE on Princess Cruises.

Maude fea­tures a “sea­sonal set menu in­spired by the world’s lead­ing wine re­gions” and changes quar­terly, with some WA food and wine to fea­ture on an Aus­tralian menu.

“The whole thing is re­ally a re­search trip for Maude, our restau­rant in Bev­erly Hills,” Stone told AAA Week­end

af­ter a marathon flight from Los An­ge­les to Syd­ney, Syd­ney to Perth

and then on to Broome.

“What we are do­ing with that menu, is we go to a dif­fer­ent re­gion of the world, and we do some re­search and de­vel­op­ment, and then we come up with a menu we think typ­i­fies the re­gion. Of course beef is such a huge part of WA it will be a real fo­cal point for us on the menu, and we will be do­ing other re­search as well while we’re here.”

The Aus­tralian Beef ad­vo­cate will also be meet­ing pro­duc­ers from the North West to the South West to share their sto­ries and in­spire Aussies to cook beef this sum­mer.

Yes­ter­day Stone was at Yar­rie Sta­tion in the Pil­bara and next week he will be trav­el­ling around the State’s south, with a guest ap­pear­ance at the open­ing night of Mar­garet River Gourmet Es­cape.

“I love WA, it is such a cool State I have spent a bunch of time here,” he said. “I came to Broome the first time with Surf­ing the Menu, I fell so in love with it I bought a lit­tle apart­ment here and then of course never had any time to come back.”

Sue Yeap

Los An­ge­les-based celebrity chef Cur­tis Stone at WA’s Yar­rie Sta­tion yes­ter­day.

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