Marco Pierre White: Kitchen Wars TV show supports the restaurant industry

By Peter Ruddick

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Former Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White has spoken to BigHospitality in an exclusive audio interview on his new Channel 5 TV show Kitchen Wars which he says supports the restaurant sector by helping independent restaurateurs and encouraging employment in the industry.

The first episode of Kitchen Wars aired last week​ and joins a number of recent programmes showcasing professional chefs and restaurants including Raymond Blanc's The Restaurant. But how representative of the industry are shows in this format and does dramatising the process of running a restaurant business help or hinder restaurants?

For a short audio podcast, BigHospitality talked to the infamous chef and restaurateur as well as two successful Kitchen Wars contestants from episode one - Gavin Gregg who runs his eponymous Sevenoaks restaurant with his wife and Barrington Douglas who impressed Marco with the Caribbean cooking he showcases in his Huddersfield restaurant Discovery Bay.

The former Hell's Kitchen star said he believed that particular TV show had helped encourage employment in the industry and he hoped Kitchen Wars would do the same as well as boosting the profile of independent eateries.

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2 comments

Terrible show, terrible presenter

Posted by Kevin the cook,

As the previous commentor stated this show does nothing for the restaurant biz its about promoting MPW failing career and giving his ego a boost. The Michelin star chef who promotes OXO cubes, give us a break.

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Marco Pierre White

Posted by Markus Winkler,

The idea that Marco P White supports the restaurant industry with this show is RUBBISH. All it supports is MPW's bloated ego. He struts around waving a big knife (how naff is that) in the faces of the so-called contestants who he treats in a blatantly patronizing manner. The judging - if one can call it that - is blatantly subjective (he tells one pair that their food is great but he doesn't think they could do it for 25 - shouldn't they be put to the test on that, they were suppossedly being judged on the food they could produce in 30 min.! MPW probably could no longer produce a meal for 25 since he hasn't really cooked in ages. Finally, didn't Gordon Ramsey do this same shtick of a lorry fitted out as a kitchen drive around the country a couple of years ago??? I used to prefer MPW to GR, but for all his swearing, GR is a lot more simpatico. MPW has the charisma a presence of a deal halibut in this show. So, in conclusion, please explain how this boring show supports the restaurant industry???

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