Masterchef – Heston Refutes Marcus Pierre White Claims
“I look forward to spending some time with you” are words Marco Pierre White won’t be saying to protege Heston Blummenthal anytime soon.
Heston has said he is sick of Marco, the Australian Masterchef: The Professionals judge implying he trained him as he has in the new promo for the show.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
In a promo for the show, which airs in early 2013, host Matt Preston introduces the contestants to White, known as the “original bad boy of the kitchen” and the “godfather of modern cooking”.
Preston says of White: “Many famous chefs have passed through his doors – Curtis Stone, Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay.”Although White is understood to have trained both Ramsay and Stone, Blumenthal – known for his molecular gastronomy cuisine – said he was entirely self-taught and had never worked with White. Fanning the flame further, Blumenthal said the spat came after he was offered White’s role in the MasterChef series but had to turn it down because of commitments in the UK.
In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Blumenthal said the show’s promo was “unfair”.
“I don’t know why the show felt they had to do it because Marco is a great enough chef anyway,” he said from his London home on Thursday.
“Having gone through 30 years of toil … for it to be intimated I owe it all to somebody else, it’s really about setting the record straight.
“I’ve never spent one minute with Marco in his kitchen.”
It will be interesting to see if Marco, who is not shy of saying what he thinks, respond to Heston’s claims.