A young chef got to meet his idol when culinary maestro Marco Pierre White came to town.
The Leeds-born chef who went on to gain three Michelin stars, an extremely rare award, then hand it back to claim back an ordinary life and avoid “living a lie, becoming one of those chefs who aren’t in their own Michelin-starred kitchen any more but are still charging £300 a head for dinner.”
Marco spoke to The Star on a visit to Sheffield last Friday to host a lunch and dinner at his latest venue, Marco’s New York Italian at the Hampton By Hilton Hotel in what was once West Bar Police Station. Hundreds of Sheffield foodies each got to meet the Hell’s Kitchen star, share cooking tales and tips and take away a signed apron.
In the queue was Vodka Revolution chef Kevin Buccieri, 25, and girlfriend Rebecca field. “Marco is a hero of mine. I first saw him on the Hell’s Kitchen TV show and loved his passion for food,” said Kevin. “I got his autobiography and discovered he had come from humble working class beginnings, which inspired me. I’ve been cooking since I was 16 and I try to cook like Marco at home.”
Marco commented: “The future now is casual dining. People want to eat out once or twice a week for special celebrations to business lunches and family get-togethers - and this restaurant gives them good food and affordable glamour in an ambient setting. Yes, my name is above the door and no, I don’t cook here but it’s not about Michelin star cuisine or prices. My responsibility is in choosing the right people to deliver my wishes.”