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Chef Curtis Stone offers delicious recipes for a busy life

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We are all in a rush these days, running from work to school to soccer practice. The thought of trying to fit in, let alone make, a healthy meal can be overwhelming. Chef Curtis Stone is trying to change that, one table at a time.

Stone found his fascination with food at a young age.

"As a young boy, I would cook with my mom and my granny. I can remember developing that first recipe when I was like 7 or 8 and playing around with it a little bit," Stone said.

He took that hobby and was able to turn it into a full-time job.

"My biggest passion in the world is food, whether I'm cooking it or eating it or sharing it with other people," Stone said.

The Australian-born chef found fame in the U.S. on TLC and now as host of Bravo's Top Chef Masters. He believes people should eat as mother nature intended it.

"The more you understand about the food industry, the more you want to eat natural and organic and local, sustainable and seasonal and all that stuff," Stone said.

When he became a dad, he was constantly reminded of how little time he had to cook.

"I used to think I was busy before him. Now I have him in my arm trying to navigate the kitchen," Stone said.

That led to Stone's inspiration for sharing What's for Dinner: Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life.

"I think our lives have gotten so incredibly busy and you know now most families are two income and we have a million things on the go, so the idea of this book is to break down all those challenges and create really simple recipes that make it achievable for people," Stone said.

Stone offers tips to overcome challenges, whether it's the budget, time or energy with Motivating Monday, which is all about healthy eating, and Time Saver Tuesday.

"The great thing about a stir fry is you get your wok nice and hot and you literally cook the dish in 10 minutes. Truthfully, I think what we need to do is supply the inspiration to people to make it achievable, because if you do it and you have success, then you're going to do it again. My whole goal is to get people back around that dinner table," Stone said.

And as a dad, he realizes how important that is now, more than ever.

"You communicate with one another when you're sitting around that dinner table so just from the home cooked meal come all of those beautiful family values," Stone said.

The staples in Stone's kitchen he thinks everyone should have are chutney, pickles, relish, curry paste and eggs.

Click here for more What's for Dinner: Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life.

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