Marco Pierre White has confirmed he will be taking part in the Skills for Chefs Conference later this year on 1st and 2nd of July, much to the delight of event organiser David McKown MBE.
McKown, Director of Skills for Chefs commented on the announcement telling us: “we are delighted to have secured Marco Pierre White for the 23rd annual conference and I am sure the on stage interview hosted by Joe Hurd will be of great interest and excitement for our delegates.”
Dubbed the godfather of modern cooking, the first rock-star chef and original ‘enfant terrible’ Marco Pierre White is a renowned chef, restaurateur and TV personality.
He has led the UK restaurant scene for over 30 years and is regarded by many to have single-handedly dragged it to being at the forefront of modern gastronomy.
He helped kick-start the careers of many famous chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton, all of whom trained under him and his acclaimed book, White Heat, is regarded as having influenced the careers of several Michelin starred and celebrity chefs, being described by one critic as ‘possibly the most influential recipe book of the last 20 years’.
Pierre White’s success began when, at the age of 19, he went to London to train in classical French cooking with Albert and Michel Roux at Le Gavroche. He later went on to work with Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffmann, both renowned for their French cooking.
In January 1987, Pierre White opened Harveys, his first London restaurant. He was awarded his first Michelin star the following year and his second star in 1990. He finally won his third Michelin star in 1995 at The Restaurant Marco Pierre White in the Hyde Park Hotel London, becoming the first British chef and youngest chef worldwide, at the age of 33, to win three stars.
By 1999 Marco Pierre White had achieved everything a chef would endeavour to become and finally hung up his apron on 23rd December, retiring from the kitchen.
A major shareholder in Black and White Hospitality, he is now dedicated to rolling-out his restaurant concepts to share his love and passion for food.
With the 50th UK-based venue just around the corner, Pierre White has also opened the first of an exciting new brand called Koffmann & Mr White’s, which is an English and French Brasserie created with his former mentor Pierre Koffmann.
David McKown MBE added: “Pierre Koffmann will also be at the Skills for Chefs Conference this year and we are delighted with the early response from the industry”.