Marco is a popular British celebrity chef, restauranteur and television personality, known for his contributions to contemporary international cuisine and his exceptional culinary skills. At the age of just 33, he became the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars.
Leaving school without any qualifications, he decided to train as a chef and began his career training in the kitchen at the Hotel St George in Harrogate, and later at the Box Tree in Ilkley.
Notable for arriving in London as a 16-year-old with only “£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. He continued his training under Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire, moving to work in the kitchen of Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Nico Ladenis of Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane. He then worked on his own in the kitchen at the Six Bells in the Kings Road with assistant Mario Batali.
Marco’s appearances as Head Chef in ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen television series made him a household name and The book accompanying the show, Marco Pierre White in Hell’s Kitchen, was published on the 23rd of August, 2007.
He also hosted an American version of the Australian cooking competition series The Chopping Block, which aired on NBC in March 2009, as well as, being a houseguest on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother and a guest judge on Masterchef Australia mentoring the cooks in an elimination round.
In 2012, White fronted a new show for Channel 5 called Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars. It saw the UK’s best restaurant partnerships balance food with front of house service, fighting for a place in a specially designed studio restaurant, where the top couples are each given their own kitchen and set of diners to impress.
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Throughout these years Marco employed a range of chefs who went on to gain reputations in their own right such as Eric Chavot, Bryn Williams, Matt Tebbutt and as already mentioned Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay.