Chef Curtis Stone Joins 'The Chew' As New Guest Co-Host

Nov 12, 2013 11:17 AM EST | By Dina Exil

"The Chew" has a new guest co-host.

Chef Curtis Stone has signed on to be the regular guest co-host of ABC's "The Chew," according to Yahoo TV. Stone will replace the regular co-hosts, Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon when they're taking time off.

The "Top Chef Masters" host begins his new gig on Tuesday and he will co-host through Friday. Stone, who's appeared on "The Chew" numerous times as a guest, admits to being a huge fan of the series.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of Curtis to 'The Chew' family," said executive producer Gordon Elliott. "Curtis brings our viewers a wealth of knowledge about food, cooking and pop culture. He's demonstrated his chemistry with our viewers and co-hosts countless times during his past visits. Not only that, the ladies loves him!"

Stone is excited to start his partnership with "The Chew" and versatility of hosts and said he is looking to getting his hands dirty on set.

"I couldn't be more excited to kick off my partnership with 'The Chew,'" Stone said. "It's my daytime TV staple, and I turn it on or catch up online whenever I get the chance. All of the hosts are an absolute delight to work with and bring a good combination of food philosophies, ideas and experience to the table. They each love food and cooking just as much as I do, so I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty on set to demo my very latest and greatest dishes."

Stone is no stranger to cooking television. The Australian native has co-hosted the Bravo show "Top Chef Masters" series since the third season in 2011. Prior to Bravo, Curtis hosted his own show, "Take Home Chef" on TLC. Curtis also competed on the third season of "Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC.

In 2013 Curtis published his fifth cookbook, "What's for Dinner?: Recipes for a Busy Life" in April 2013, which made the New York Times bestseller list. The chef also opened a new restaurant in Beverly Hills.

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