British chef, restaurateur and television personality, Marco Pierre White has been confirmed to headline this year’s Nottingham Food and Drink Festival in August. Noted for his contributions to contemporary British cuisine, we are really excited to secure Marco for the festival, especially as it is the only food festival he will be appering in this year.
GODFATHER OF MODERN COOKING MARCO PIERRE WHITE TO HEADLINE NOTTINGHAM FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
By the age of 33 Marco was one of the youngest chefs at the time to win three Michelin stars, before going on to train the likes of Gordon Ramsey.
After leaving High School in Leeds aged 16 without any qualifications Marco went to London with £7.36, a box of books and a bag of clothes and began his classical training as a commis with the great Albert Roux and Michel Roux at Le Gavroche. Continuing his training under Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire, he moved to work in the kitchen of Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir, working alongside Heston Blumenthal.
In 1987, Marco opened Harvey’s in Wandsworth Common, London where he won his first Michelin star almost immediately and was awarded his second in 1988. He later became chef-patron of The Restaurant Marco Pierre White in the dining room at the former Hyde Park Hotel where he won his third Michelin star.
Marco worked for 17 years to pursue his ambition, finding ultimately that, in spite of his accomplishments and fame, working 6 days a week, his career did not provide him with adequate returns in his personal life. So, in 1999 tired of being ‘Prisoner in his own world’ he returned his Michelin stars to spend time with his children and re-invent himself.
Television work followed with a stint as the host of Hells Kitchen, as well as the publishment of several books, including the influential cookbook ‘White Heat’
Marco is no stranger to Nottingham, having opened his own chain of restaurants, one of those franchises is the MPW Steakhouse and Grill in the city which he regularly visits.
Seen more recently advertising a certain well known stock cube, Marco states “By working with companies like Knorr it allows me to stand onto a bigger stage and enrich people’s lives..Michelin stars, they’re my past”
Entertaining the people of Nottingham will be at the top of his agenda when he visits in August.