Curtis Stone is an Australian chef, television personality and New York Times bestselling author. He’s the host of Bravo’s culinary competition Top Chef Masters and appears regularly on shows including The Today Show, Ellen, Conan, The Talk and The Chew. His fifth cookbook, What’s for Dinner?: Recipes for a Busy Life, was released in April 2013.

A Culinary Education

Just after graduating from culinary school, an Australian chef has a food epiphany when he backpacks through a part of Italy that still lives—and cooks—in the traditional ways.