Masterchef: The Professionals – Who Is The Real Marco?
Network TEN must be loving the publicity they are getting for their new show Masterchef: The Professionals this week courtesy of judge Marco Pierre White.
Marco ended up ending an interview on an Austereo radio station in Adelaide after the DJ called him a “rude prick”. Basically the DJ Dale ‘Louie’ Lewis took on Marco Pierre and lost.
Adelaide Now reports:
An overly familiar Lewis raised the question of White’s three failed marriages, asking whether his “first wives” had been “dismissed, for want of a better word, cause they can’t cook, or didn’t like your cooking?”
Adding salt to the wound, Lewis quipped: “cos if you’re the rude prick you come across on TV … I wouldn’t be there long either.”
A clearly rattled White tried to play down the marriage dig, but cut Lewis short when he used offensive language.
He ended the interview, telling Lewis there was “no need for rudeness” before accepting the humbled presenter’s apology.
“Rudeness is not having fun when it is at the expense of another person. You’re a very rude man. And I hope your mother’s not listening to this show today because she would not be proud of her son.”
White said later he was deeply offended by the remarks.
“To be honest, I was a bit off balance when it was said to me and I thought why should people get away with this? Why should they be allowed to bully people? It’s why I said what I said.”
“What’s very sad is this is a radio show where children could be listening and to use that sort of language in front of children is wholly inappropriate.”
If it was for comedy purposes, White said “it was scurrilous behaviour.”
“This is my third time in Australia in eight months and this is the first time anyone has shown me rudeness or disrespect. I just excused myself and left.”
White has had very public falling outs with his former protege Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, who he called “a fat chef with a drum kit”.
Ramsay is the most famous of White’s many proteges. White gave the fiery Scot his break at Harvey’s in the early 1990s. The pair became great mates but fell out when Ramsay turned up to one of White’s weddings (he’s been married three times) with a TV crew in tow.
“I gave him his first break in the business and I believe strongly in being loyal to people who have helped you. Is that strange? I don’t believe it is. Several things happened that I found completely unacceptable,” White told The Daily Telegraph in 2006.
He does accept some responsibility for creating what he calls the “monster Ramsay” by exposing the future star of Hell’s Kitchen to daily rituals of humiliation, foul language, flying knives and almost unbearable pressure, as was the norm behind the scenes at Harvey’s.
White’s spat with Oliver came after the Jamie’s Kitchen star called White a “psychological bully” in 2007.
“I was listening to the radio one morning as I was driving to the restaurant when I heard Jamie Oliver calling me ‘a psychological bully’,” he told The Daily Mail at the time.
“I’d like to see him call me a bully to my face.“I’d rather be who I am than a fat chef with a drum kit.
“Go and win your first Michelin star, Jamie, and then I might take you seriously.”A young chef at Harvey’s, who once complained of heat in the kitchen, had the back of his chef’s jacket and trousers cut open by White wielding a sharp paring knife.
White admits he once left Ramsay cowering in the corner, sobbing after a spectacular run-in.
“I can’t remember what it was about, but I yelled at him and he lost it. The next thing I knew he was sobbing in the corner, holding his head in his hands, with tears rolling down his cheeks. He was saying things like, ‘I don’t care what you do to me. Hit me. I don’t care.’”
How props must be given to Marco Pierre for giving back his Michelin stars when he decided to leave the kitchen.
In 1999, at the height of his fame, White retired and returned his Michelin stars.
“I was being judged by people who had less knowledge than me, so what was it truly worth?” he told interviewer Lynn Barber later.
“I gave Michelin inspectors too much respect, and I belittled myself. I had three options: I could be a prisoner of my world and continue to work six days a week, I could live a lie and charge high prices and not be behind the stove or I could give my stars back, spend time with my children and re-invent myself.”
But it is not just in his professional that he is harsh. Apparently he told his second wife that he did not love her on their wedding night needless THAT marriage did not last long. Which begs the question why he went through with the wedding in the first place. However after this week’s radio interview no one will be asking that question anytime soon.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN Sunday 20 January at 7.30pm it continues on Tuesday and Wednesday night.