Marco Pierre White (born 11 December 1961) is a British celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality. He is noted for his contributions to contemporary international cuisine and his exceptional culinary skills, and also known as the trainer of some famous chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone.
He began his training in the kitchen at the Hotel St George in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and later at the Box Tree in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Arriving in London as a 16-year-old with “£7.36, a box of books and a bag of clothes” he began his classical training as a commis under Albert Roux and Michel Roux at Le Gavroche, a period that would lead Albert to describe him as “my little bunny”.
At 24, Marco became Head Chef and joint owner of Harveys with a kitchen staff that included the young Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal.
By the age of 33, Marco Pierre White had become the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars (This record is now held by the Italian Massimiliano Alajmo, who won three stars at the age of 28 in 2002.)
During these years White had working for him Gordon Ramsay, Eric Chavot (The Capital), Heston Blumenthal (The Fat Duck), Bryn Williams (Odette’s), Matt Tebbutt (The Foxhunter), Robert Reid, Thierry Busset, Jason Atherton, James Stocks and in front of house Max (Mark) Palmer, one of the few English Maître d’ of a Michelin 3-star, Claude Douart, Philippe Messy (youngest sommelier to gain 3 Michelin stars) and Chris Jones, unusual in being an English sommelier in a 2-star Michelin French restaurant at the age of 21.
After his retirement from the kitchen in 1999, Marco Pierre White became a restaurateur, he opened restaurants such as the MPW Steak & Alehouse in the Square Mile in London, the Kings Road Steakhouse & Grill in Chelsea, Marco Pierre White’s the Swan Inn in Aughton…
He’s also the Head Chef in Hell’s Kitchen television series (UK) and published several books, including his autobiography called White Slave (entitled The Devil in the Kitchen in North America and in the paperback version).
In the international cuisine, Marco Pierre White is a legend, so I hope after this post, all of you will trust in your passion and don’t be afraid to follow it, get ready to inspire and be inspired 🙂
See you in the next post of Chef of the Week, with another famous chef and more stories of his/her career, passion of cooking…
Love, Trang Quynh
Source: Wikipedia, marcopierrewhite.org