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Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars reached a thrilling final on Channel 5 last month and we catch up with the great man himself. The famously fiery restaurateur tells us how he sorted through hundreds of couples to find the country’s top restaurant-owning duo, what most annoys him when eating out, and why he’d never consider himself a celebrity chef.


Marco insists on double standards


By Diana Pilkington


With a tongue as sharp as the knives he wields, Marco Pierre White is known for being uncompromising in the kitchen but the former enfant terrible of the UK restaurant scene reveals a slightly more caring side in the recent series of Kitchen Wars. The Leeds-born chef takes his mobile ‘battle kitchen’ around the country and invites restaurant-running duos to show him what they’re made of in a bid to find the best team.


“When I started out many years ago, a lot of the best restaurants were run by couples,” he explains against a backdrop of the deep red walls of his restaurant, Wheeler’s of St James’s. The pairs in the series ranged from husband-and-wife teams to family and best friends. “There was definitely raw emotion and they weren’t scared of saying what they thought. They seemed to forget about the cameras, so you saw real life,” says White.


Those who managed to impress him earned a place in a specially designed restaurant where three kitchens fed three sets of dinners. Along the way, he had to break the bad news to dozens of couples that they hadn’t made the cut, because seeing them crumble under the pressure of the final would be like “watching the Titanic sink”.


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