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Why I love culinary legend, Marco Pierre White!

Updated on October 5, 2014

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I have been watching Masterchef Australia for quite some time now. Its certainly started to grow on me so much that I can’t think of a world without it anymore. That’s where I first met Marco. Oh, if I could relive that first time I watched Marco on air, it would be simply wonderful. The world’s an interesting people owing to people like him, isn’t it?

I’ve been watching videos of Marco obsessively and I always look at the comment session and find that Marco’s generally loved. What makes the man what he is? As many say, he is undeniably THE BOSS. He is always in control, calm and dangerous. There was this one comment which says, “The key is A: Talk softly, B: Carry a knife". But was Marco always like this or has he positively mellowed over the years. I think that Marco is like good wine, it only gets better with the years. Here’s a video of him from when he was young.

He sure seems irritated by the questions, does he not? And if you don’t care to watch the full video, just skip to 08:13 where Marco does his accent, sorry, I don’t exactly know what, Italian, French, you’ll have to tell me. But it’s really funny. Do watch. “You can ask me anything, but whether you get an answer is another question” Marco says. Classic Marco!

And then look at this recent interview where Marco gracefully responds to a spew of abuses flung by a random interviewer who thinks he’s being funny.

If you would like to skip the video as I too often do, here is the whole thing in words:

‘Lewis quizzed the MasterChef: The Professionals host about his three failed marriages, saying: "Hey mate, married three times, was the first wives dismissed, for want of a better word, cause they can't cook, or didn't like your cooking? Is that an issue with them?"

In response, the chef said he was just pleased that he had found three women who were willing to marry him.

However, Lewis then said: "Yeah, cos if you're the rude p***k you come across on TV, I wouldn't be there long either. That's just me surmising what I've seen on TV.’

To which Marco calmly replied:

Carle, co-presenting, told the chef that she "wouldn't stand for that". Pierre White, speaking to Lewis, said: "All you're doing is giving me insight into you as a person."

Lewis laughed this remark off, saying the chef was analysing him, and that he was a psychoanalyst as well as a chef.

Pierre White then said: "There's no need for rudeness. I think you should say good morning to me, and good bye, because one, I take offense to being called that. I haven't shown you disrespect, I haven't been rude to you. I don't like being called that word. I'm very sorry."

You can read the whole thing on:

What a smashing reply, right? No lashing out, no name calling, just a quiet reply. It seems the Radio Station responsible for this interview was also the one behind the latest Princess Kate Middleton hoax.

And then there’s the ‘YES, MARCO’ thing, peculiar only to Marco. It is persistent, monotonous and makes you want to break down. In this one episode of Masterchef Australia, contestant Tracy almost breaks down when Marco strolls over to her bench. That is the effect Marco has on people sometimes. During services, the kitchen and the staff get really tensed and have to keep up with the piling orders. As if this was not enough, if Marco’s in the kitchen, he calls out the docket and yells, “Yes, Marco” until all the other chefs finally yell it back to him. Here’s a video of him. If you’re an admirer of Marco like me, I apologize for the title of the video. No! Marco’s not pressuring the chefs, he’s just being, well… Marco.

And then… need I say it, the British accent. And for me, one I can finally understand. It’s a pleasure to hear Marco. His words are always well-thought out. He doesn’t usually go for clichés, he takes time to reply and his speech is almost always well-enunciated and contains a good, lucid, beautiful language. And there is his food philosophy, “The more you do to food, the more you take away”. Observe all of his interviews and you’ll see that Marco never says the first thing that pops into his mind, he takes things in, and contemplates before answering and his replies are often profound.

And here’s a rather bad video of Marco showing us his knife skills. The quality is not that great but I hope you can watch what’s happening.

Finally, here’s a video of Marco saving the day and also giving us a tip on how to redeem lumpy custard mix.

I hope I have given you something interesting to read. Hope you enjoyed reading it as I very much enjoyed writing this and watching the video all over again and please, do take the poll if you are interested. And I chose the last option on the poll myself but I'll be happy to see whether I get varied results.

Don’t you just love Marco? No, seriously. I know some people often object to Marco’s, what shall I say, honest reviews? I understand that but if you are a Marco lover like me, you would have liked it. Have a good day all of you and on a final note, don’t you just love it when Marco says ‘God bless’ at the end instead of the usual farewells. Well, then. God bless!

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      Sharon Christy 3 years ago from India

      Hello suzettenaples. Well, that's news to me too. But you might be interested to hear that he had a famous spat with Chef Gordon Ramsay. And he is British, he was born and brought up in Leeds. What I would have liked to know is the accent he was trying to do in the video... it is really funny, never mind what it was. I am so glad you read this article. Thank you so much!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a character he is. Here in the U.S. I don't believe we know him or is he on the Food Channel. His accent to me is either British or Australian although I'm not an expert on accents. Thank you for bringing this great chef to our attention. This is the first time I have ever heard or read anything about him.

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      Sharon Christy 3 years ago from India

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee. I only know Julia Child from a movie I watched, from what I know, she used to run an establishment called the Cordon Bleu, did she not? I think I'd love her too if I ever watched her shows. Another way I know Child is through an impression of Robin Williams, I am ashamed to say. But she sure does sound like a pretty fascinating person, I am only afraid I won't catch her accent. Haha! Thank you again for commenting and sharing, my dear friend. Hope you have a lovely day today.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for this interesting hub. I used to watch Julia Child a lot. Marco knows the cooking business for sure. Passing this on.

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      Sharon Christy 3 years ago from India

      Thank you Jordan. Yes, I suppose it did. Thank you for taking the time to read through my article and commenting. God bless! ;)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting hub Sharon. I like Marco and remember 'that' radio interview. I thought the interviewer was extremely rude and showed no repect. Marco's response won him a lot of fans, it was excellent and put the interviewer in his place.