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Marco Pierre White Defends Masterchef Buddy Curtis Stone

Marco Pierre White came out to defend his former protege Curtis Stone however at the same time revealed what a women’s role is.

In an interview in the Daily Telegraph he said that it was fine that reality TV chef Curtis had not worked in a kitchen since 2002 is no sell out and in fact has more influence then a chef working behind a stove.

The Telegraph writes:

MASTERCHEF Professionals mentor Marco Pierre White has turned the blowtorch back on critics who have accused his protege Curtis Stone and other celebrity chefs of “selling out.”

The tempestuous chef turned restaurateur defended food TV personalities who promote products, arguing their public platforms were more powerful “than an individual who has three hats, serving 40 covers.”

White said Stone, a brand ambassador for Coles supermarkets and host of US TV series’ likeTop Chef Masters, should not be criticised for “making a living and securing his family’s future.”

Stone’s international career and lucrative endorsements have irritated food snobs here, chipping him about his small screen presence despite not manning the pans or owning his own restaurant.

White, who trained and made Stone head chef of his London restaurant, Quo Vadis, said the Aussie’s accessibility made him more influential than a burners-bound chef.

However in his defence of Stone he revealed who he thought did the cooking in home with this cracker quote:

“Look at how many lives he’s touched, look at how many people he’s inspired to come into the industry, how many mothers he’s inspired to go shopping for better produce to feed their family. It enriches their lives, so how can you criticise a man for doing it? You can’t.

He might be overstating Curtis’s influence but why shouldn’t Curtis and his celebrity chef cronies spruik products,  actresses like Nicole Kidman flog vitamins and no one calls her a sell out.
 Curtis Stone is more comfortable in front of the cameras hosting food reality TV shows. He is the current host of Top Chef Masters, and he does a good job at it. His other role as host of Around The World In 80 Plates was not so well received but this could have been more about the concept than his role in it.
Masterchef Professionals starring Marco Pierre White and Matt Preston starts on TEN on 20 January 2013.


1 JStar { 12.29.12 at 11:40 am }

Yes, and the man who may be Prime Minister some time next year wants to know who does the ironing at Marco’s house?

2 brain dead dave { 12.29.12 at 1:14 pm }

Quail Vadis might be a more suitable name for Marco’s establishment.

3 Cheryl { 12.29.12 at 3:21 pm }

Jan 20, Channel 10 really are trying to get a jump on the other channels starting 2 weeks before the usual beginning of the ratings season.

4 Lisa { 12.29.12 at 5:53 pm }

Curtis inspires me in ways that have nothing to do with cooking

5 Reality Raver { 12.29.12 at 6:06 pm }

Lisa – LOL – maybe that is what Marco meant when he said the bit about mothers.