Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Aussie Chef Lets People Take Him Home

PASADENA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You might be leery of letting a strange man chat you up in a grocery store but, if you’re lucky, it could lead to a free meal.

But only if the person trying to pick you up is Australian chef Curtis Stone, host of the new TLC series, Take Home Chef.

On the show, Stone hangs in grocery stores trying to meet people willing to take him home and let him cook dinner.

He admits it’s not always easy breaking down barriers.

In his words, “At first approach, people are a little shocked when you offer to cook dinner for them and they see a camera crew.”

Still, Stone gets enough people saying “Yes,” to fill out the series but admits most of his cooking conquests are women because, he admits, “They’re the ones most likely to be shopping at 10 a.m.”

Stone is enjoying the opportunity to cook for random people but he admits it can be difficult when, as in a recent show, “the family members all had different cooking allergies.”

Another problem: Since the show is filmed in California, Stone says he doesn’t have access to some of his favorite Aussie vittles, including wallabies and kangaroos.

Take Home Chef airs daily on TLC but move to prime time on June 16.

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