Who was your greatest cooking influence?
Curtis: Marco Pierre White. I worked for him for eight years. He was the youngest chef in the world to win three Michelin stars. Some incredible chefs came through his kitchens. Gordon Ramsay worked for him; a guy named Stephen Terry worked for him. It was a pretty awesome place to be involved in. ... His was the first cookbook I ever read. Marco had this huge reputation for being crazy, you know, working ridiculous hours, and I loved that sort of challenge.