Celebrity chef Curtis Stone swapped food stories with San Antonio fans at the Hotel Indigo downtown Wednesday. Foodies of all ages lined up to tell the chef about their favorite dishes in San Antonio restaurants. The talk ranged from mom-and-pops to high-end restaurants, tacos to steaks, and what they liked most about their home town dining scene.
Tall and rangy, the Australian native is a best-selling author, television personality and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. As the resident chef at NBC, Curtis can be seen on the hit series “The Biggest Loser” and as a regular contributor on the “Today” show. He recently appeared as host of the reality competition series, “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and the third season of “Top Chef Masters” on Bravo.
The event was part of Hotel Indigo’s Locals Know Best – Dish on the Dish campaign. Now through Oct. 15, foodies across the country can enter for the chance to win a VIP trip for two to New York City. (For complete rules and entry details, click here.)
On Tuesday, Stone’s staff showed up at Rosario’s Cafe y Cantina for dinner. Then, he came along to the restaurant on Wednesday for an impromptu interview and cooking demo with chef Michelle Montemayor. “He was muy impressed with our Tacos Callejeros and ceviche,” said spokeswoman Diana Marin. The interview at Rosario’s will appear at some point on Stone’s Facebook or blog site, Marin said.
While we mentioned the new restaurant Gwendolyn, and the unusual purslane salad we had there recently, our favorite local (as in close to our house) dish was the lengua taco plate at Julio’s Mexican Restaurant on Fredericksburg Road. Stone might an Aussie, but he knew what lengua was —and that was impressive!