If there is madness in genius, Marco Pierre White could be a testament to that theory. The culinary virtuoso was the first Briton to win three Michelin stars at the tender age of 33. Yet, he famously gave them up for “freedom” from the kitchen. Along with his gastronomic accolades are these dubious achievements: he caused protégé-turned-enemy Gordon Ramsay to shed tears. And he flung a pan of hot risotto at (now-disgraced) American chef Mario Batali when the latter was his apprentice. No wonder the thrice-married man has been named ‘London’s rudest chef’.

Once and for all  — he did not make Gordon Ramsay cry

In Gordon’s Ramsay autobiography Humble Pie, he portrays Marco as a tyrannical boss. Gordon once shed tears after Marco hurled some sauces at him, but Marco demurs: “He made himself cry — it was his choice. No one has the power to make a person cry. My reputation is a result of exaggeration and ignorance. The kitchen is a tough place. I just do my job.”


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