Curtis Stone’s LA fine-diner wins Michelin star

Curtis Stone

Melbourne-born chef and TV personality Curtis Stone has won his first Michelin star at his LA restaurant Maude. 

It was crowned at an award ceremony on Monday for California’s first ever Michelin Guide. Stone received the news from Australia, where he does work for Coles Supermarkets as ambassador. 

“It's an exciting moment for us, because while we're super happy with what we've just achieved and want to celebrate, we all can't wait to get back in the kitchen and do even better," Stone said in a statement.

Maude is the chef’s first solo restaurant, which opened in 2014. Named after his grandmother, the restaurant began as degustation-only, before briefly closing in 2017 and reopening with a new menu and a shifted focussed to wine. Now under the watch of head chef Justin Hilbert, the restaurant runs four menus per year inspired by four champion wine regions around the world, including the Margarate River wine region in Western Australia. 

In 2016 Stone opened another, Gwen, with his brother Luke in 2016, which is part-butcher part-restaurant. 

On Instagram Stone said: "This has been a lifelong dream! It belongs to each and every one of my @mauderestaurant team who have made it a reality."