I interviewed Curtis Stone a few years back. Seemed like a nice fellow who probably pays his restaurant stuff properly.
I'm sick of his face on those Coles supermarket ads on Australian TV, but he's been doing those for a decade now and they obviously work.
The new seasonal menu at Maude, Stone’s Beverley Hills’ restaurant, has been released and has been inspired by the Barossa’s Hutton Vale Farm.
The farm is a mixed produce operation run by the sixth and seventh-generations of Angas family. It is just down the road from Henschke's Hill of Grace vineyard.
Hutton Farm is known for farm stay accommodation, quality wool, free-range natural pasture lamb and hand-made artisan produce. It is run in a sustainable fashion.
Stone visited the farm with his team from Maude in October last year and has lauded the trip.
“The penultimate afternoon of our stay in Barossa was at Hutton Vale [Farm] among grapes and merino sheep” he wrote on his website.
“Our visit to Hutton Vale Farm provided us with inspiration for our South Australia menu.”
If you want to check out Curtis's muse, Hutton Vale Farm recently opened a two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom private villa on the property.
A private airstrip allows guest to arrive by plane, directly onto the property’s airstrip. Guests are invited to order seasonal produce from the farm and a chef can be arranged to do all the cooking so guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the best of the the Barossa.
“By sharing our 176-year-old farm with visitors, we hope to introduce them to a sustainable life and bring them relaxation and happiness away from the stresses of city life,” John Angas said.
“We offered Curtis the same hospitality that we offer to all our guests visiting the property and we are so pleased that he has taken this back to America to share our little piece of the world with his customers."
Hutton Vale Farm J.H.A Stone Cellar is available now for bookings via www.huttonvale.com/stay/ and AirBnB.