An evening with Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White, Katy Pearson, Essex

1am finish: Marco and me

“My mother didn’t raise me to be a c***”

So said Marco Pierre White as he draped his suit jacket around my shoulders and beckoned over a waiter to top up my glass of Prosecco.

This wasn’t what I was expecting when I set out that evening to interview the man who once made his protege Gordon Ramsey cry.

I was at Marco’s in Brentwood – the restaurant which launched in December and serves a mix of Italian-inspired dishes and American classics – to have a brief chat with the 57-year-old chef, while he was in Essex.

I expected a difficult, challenging man. I thought I’d be granted mere minutes with him. Let’s face it, this was the fiery fella who once cut a hole in the back of the chef whites of one staff member who dared to complain about the heat in his kitchen. He HANDED BACK his three Michelin stars after five years and retired from the kitchen – despite being first British chef to be awarded three – and the youngest (age 32 in 1994) in Michelin history.

So, I did not expect to still be chatting to him about family, children, and comfort food, six hours – and several drinks – later, in the wee small hours at the spot, just off the M25.

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If it’s good enough for the Duchess…

Duchess of Cambridge, Do It Like A MotherMidwives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her three children were trained in hypnobirthing ahead of the newest prince’s arrival.

This decision comes almost two years after expectant parents in North Essex were the first to be offered hypnobirthing courses on the NHS. Indeed Colchester Hospital has the highest number of hypnobirth teachers in the UK and TOWIE stars including Sam and Billie Faiers are among the celebs to have attended hypnobirthing classes.

Here Keri Jarvis, who runs Essex’s Do it Like a Mother Hypnobirthing (www.doitlikeamother.co.uk) chats to me about it… Continue reading