Chef Curtis Stone is a strange beast, having gone about this tumbling series of career goals backwards. He got TV famous before he had a high profile chef job; the endorsement deals and cookbooks happened years ahead of his first restaurant. His training and culinary pedigree is legit, involving Michelin-starred restaurants and iconic chefs as mentors, but he’s spent most of his career following the celebrity chef path rather than the working chef path. But damn it, that drive to prove himself wouldn’t let go. Now, ambition has struck again and propelled Stone to open a new Hollywood restaurant.
Gwen is an establishment that is striving for greatness in so many ways it’s a little head-spinning. It’s a meat importer, a butcher shop, a cocktail bar, a chophouse of sorts, and a return to serious glitzy Hollywood dining the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades.