In the kitchen with Marco Pierre White

‘Simplicity is the key to greatness,’ Marco Pierre White tells me as I join him in the kitchen…

Things are heating up in the kitchen on Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars (Channel 5, Thursdays 8pm).

The former enfant terrible of the UK restaurant scene is back (knife in hand and strut in situ). So I joined him at the stove to find out his pet cooking hates and top foodie tips.

Marco Pierre White with Katy Pearson

Me and Marco Pierre White

Over the course of the afternoon I sat in the kitchen at his Stamford Bridge restaurant and watched him at work.

As the delicious scents of pumpkin soup and then risotto filled the air he told me, ‘Cooking is a philosophy unless it’s pastry in which case it’s chemistry.’

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My chat with Carey Mulligan

Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan has painful, first-hand experience of Alzheimer’s: her much-loved grandmother suffers from it. But now she hopes to make a difference, I discover

Carey MulliganIt was six years ago that Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan realised Alzheimer’s was taking a hold of her beloved grandmother. ‘We sat down to dinner,’ 26-year-old Carey recalls, ‘and she looked at the cutlery in front of her and the plate of food, and couldn’t remember how to use the knife and fork.’

Carey, who has recently filmed a new big-screen version of The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2009 film An Education, has become an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society to help promote awareness of the condition. Her grandmother – whom she calls ‘Nans’ – has been living with Alzheimer’s for about 11 years, prompting the actress’s support for the charity. Continue reading

My chat (and dance!) with Brendan Cole

Dubbed the bad boy of the ballroom, Brendan Cole is a stalwart of hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

Currently waiting for confirmation that he’s been signed up for the tenth series of the show, Brendan’s fronting the Flora pro.activ Swing Into Action campaign, aimed at getting us all exercising more.Brendan Cole took me from a swing.Katy Pearson with Brendan Cole

So on a sunny Wednesday afternoon I joined the ballroom dancer at the Sylvia Young School for a chat – and a jive.

What one dance do you think everyone should learn, I asked (or rather panted as we pranced across the floor) 36-year-old Brendan.

‘I’m controversial because I like a waltz.’ He smiled – not even a fraction out of breath. ‘I like the beauty of it. It’s not such an easy one to learn though. Jive is easy. You can do it anywhere and even if you make a muddle of it you can pretty much get back on the right foot eventually.’ Continue reading