As one of the world’s most recognizable celebrity chefs, Curtis Stone has mingled with a myriad of famous faces. However, there’s one particularly prominent rendezvous that stands out for the 39-year-old Australian heartthrob: meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.
“She was actually super-sweet, very funny and really generous with her time,” he exclusively told Hello! Canada while he was in Toronto promoting his latest book, Good Food, Good Life.
The former Celebrity Apprentice star admitted that while it was a “very different” sort of experience walking into the grand London palace, the Queen’s 93-year-old husband, Prince Philip – who is famous for his hilarious one-liners – helped make him feel at ease.
“Prince Philip was hysterical,” said the father of two. “He asked me if I brushed my hair for the day, because it was a total mess!”
What about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton? Since Curtis hasn’t yet met William or Kate, he thought it would be best to get to know the royal couple – and of course, little Prince George – before planning out a meal for them.
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“I’d have to have a conversation with them first and then figure out what they like before I cook them dinner,” he said.
Perhaps he can trade notes with fellow celebrity chef Mark McEwan. When Hello!asked Mark what he’d whip up for the Royal Family, the Canadian restaurateur didn’t hesitate.
“I think they would love my goose dinner, but I also think the Royal Family is so sick of fancy – that would be my guess,” he told Hello! last year. “They’re so sick of pomp and circumstance and cutting ribbons that if you made a great pot roast they’d probably be thrilled.”