M & M…Marco and Michael

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The exuberant and energetic Travelling Gourmet TM interviews the Chef with the curly hair, the ‘Wild Man of the Kitchen’…

MARCO Pierre White aka ‘L’enfant terrible of British gastronomy’. To be brutally honest, in my personal opinion, Marco is none of these things. In his own words, Marco told me candidly in an exclusive interview, ‘Most of my reputation is the product of exaggeration and ignorance!’ I added, ‘PLus media sensationalism…’ Marco chuckled, nodding his head in agreement. In actual fact, Marco who I am honoured to call my pal, is a tall, well built gentleman who is humble, courteous and unassuming. I am privileged to count many great Chefs as my good friends…from Paul Bocuse to Georges Blanc, Heinz Beck, Anne-Sophie Pic and more… The truly great Chefs unlike buffoons like Ramsay and Oliver and Lawson the cocaine addict, have these admirable qualities. I caught up with Marco Pierre White in Ash and Elm, the semi-fine dining restaurant of The Intercontinental Hotel Singapore. Marco took time off from doing his MasterChef Cooking Promotion to talk to me all about Food!

Three Michelin Stars at 33!

“At 33, I had three Michelin Stars! That was the high point of my career. Where do you go from there?? It has all been downhill since..” Marco remarked with a self …deprecating grin! I laughed at his ,,Galgenhumor” (Gallow’s Humour is very typical in Germany).

Marco continued, “You win three Stars by being disciplined, by being close to the flame. I just like to do my job! I was never controversial…you have to fight for what you believe in. The only mistake was fighting for what I believe in. Life was never meant to be easy.”

“What makes a great Chef, Marco?”

Marco explained simply, “All great cooks have three things in common..one is the respect that Mother Nature is the true artist, cooking as an extension of their fingers and finally, they have insight into the world that inspired them. My job now is to share my knowledge and inspire the young.”

On Molecular Gastronomy, Marco was brutally frank…waving his hands he said candidly,

“Molecular is style over substance…a canapé party of 18 small courses…why would I go to that??? They’ve got to be a lunatic!” I have to say, “Einverstanden!”(I agree in German)

I told Marco that I like to dine in his Marco’s New York Italian restaurant in Oxford in England. Marco explained, “I wanted to have something simple and affordable, not snooty. That’s the concept of Marco’s Italian.”

[ See my related feature on Marc0’s New York Italian in Oxford -> https://thatravellinggourmet.com/2015/06/03/new-york-new-york-in-oxford ]

Chef Marco Pierre White, I find to be a very likeable gentleman and I like him. I absolutely enjoyed talking with him about gastronomy and food.

With a wry and mischievious twinkle in his eyes, Marco commented, ” They still call me ‘L’enfant terrible’and I’m 55! Find somebody else!”

A good Chef always stays close to the flame.


Intercontinental Hotel Singapore

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MasterChef Dining & Bar Singapore

World-renowned chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White and top MasterChef personalities from around the world like Reynold Poernomo from MasterChef Australia, came together to craft bespoke menus featuring some of the finest MasterChef creations.

From 25, November 2016 to 9, December 2016, Lunch and dinner was served daily in the 15-day MasterChef Dining & Bar Singapore event. This is the first time Marco Pierre White helms the MasterChef Dining & Bar pop-up restaurant with MasterChef personalities.

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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