Marco Pierre White
Born: December 11th, 1961 (age 56) Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Spouse(s):Alex McArthur (m. 1988–1990, divorced) Lisa Butcher (m. 1992, divorced) Mati Conejero (m. 2000–present separated)
Cooking style French, British and Italian cuisine
By the age of 33, Marco had become the first British chef to be awarded three Michelin Stars. He was also the youngest chef to win three stars.
During his early career in the kitchen, White regularly ejected patrons from his restaurants if he took offence at their comments.
When a customer asked if he could have a side order of chips with his lunch, White hand-cut and personally cooked the chips, but charged the customer £25 for his time. A young chef at Harvey’s, who once complained of heat in the kitchen, had the back of his chef’s jacket and trousers cut open by White wielding a sharp paring knife.
White once made Gordon Ramsay cry when Ramsay worked for him in Harvey’s early in Ramsay’s career. “I don’t recall what he’d done wrong but I yelled at him and he lost it. Gordon crouched down in the corner of the kitchen, buried his head in his hands and started sobbing. ‘I don’t care what you do to me,’ he said as he wept. ‘Hit me. I don’t care. Sack me. I don’t care.’
Announcing his retirement from the kitchen in 1999 and cooked his final meal for a paying customer on the 23 of December at the Oak Room. He also returned all his Michelin Stars.