From Curtis Stone to Paula Deen, a slew of TV-famous cooks have been extra busy lately bringing their food off-screen.

By peoplestaff225
February 28, 2014 05:25 PM

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From Top Chef Masters‘ Curtis Stone to Everyday Italian‘s Giada De Laurentiis, a slew of TV-famous cooks have been extra busy lately as they prepare to take their food off-screen — and become new restauranteurs.

Aussie chef Stone recently opened Maude, an eatery named after his grandmother in Beverly Hills, Calif. The spot offers a nine-course prix fixe menu, the entire place seats only 25 diners and each month a different ingredient is highlighted (artichokes in March, peas in April).

“There’s excitement and tremendous creativity involved in having your own place,” Stone told “You have to live on the edge a little when you’re doing this, and I love it.”

Paula Deen, the Queen of Southern Cooking, is making a culinary comeback. After fading from the spotlight following a racial-discrimination scandal in 2013, Deen plans to open Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, a 20,000-square-foot restaurant with a retail store, in Pigeon Forge, near Gatlinburg, Tenn., this summer. Her fans can look forward to the chicken-and-dumpling-type fare she’s made famous.

Her four casino restaurants closed last year after she admitted using a racial slur in the past. Deen, a diabetic who recently admitted to PEOPLE “I have been eating way too much lately,” still owns The Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah, Ga.

But Deen’s not the only TV chef heading South: According to, The Chew‘s Carla Hall is also working on Page, a Southern-themed sit-down restaurant within Ronald Reagan National Airport’s Terminal A in Washington, D.C. Winging its way onto the menu: comfort foods like pot pies and deviled eggs, a raw bar and locally sourced produce.

Courtesy Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Inset:Robin Marchant/Wireimage

De Laurentiis’ first-ever eatery, Giada, will debut in Las Vegas’s Cromwell Hotel in May with a menu that’s part food, part entertainment.

“I’m finding some unique and fun ways to create, not just great ambiance and food, but a fun show,” the Food Network star explains. Some ideas: having waiters shave cheese over pasta plates tableside and offering flambé desserts.

Courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

And then there’s Martha Stewart: The entertaining guru and prolific cookbook author told Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian during his Food Talk radio show at the recent South Beach Wine & Food Festival that she’d like to open a restaurant in the same New York City office building that houses her Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia company.

“There are 11,000 people who work in [the building] and no restaurant,” the entrepreneur told Zakarian. No word on what the menu offerings would be or if the restaurant would include a crafting section!

Other restaurants to look out for: Food Network star Bobby Flay‘s Spanish/Mediterranean bistro Gato in New York City and Top Chef All-Star winner Richard Blais‘ Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, both scheduled to open next month.

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—Nancy Mattia

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