Let’s talk about… Essex’s first Marco Pierre White restaurant

Marco's, Marco Pierre White, Essex, Katy Pearson

“Affordable glamour” – Marco’s in Brentwood

So, tonight is the big launch party for Essex’s first Marco Pierre White restaurant (at Holiday Inn Brentwood) and it’s set to be a bit of a bash.

Arg from TOWIE will be making a personal appearance and will be singing live, while Gemma Collins and others from TOWIE will also be attending to celebrate Arg’s birthday.

As well as being on the guest list tonight, I was lucky enough to be invited to give the restaurant a whirl earlier this week (I’m still full now!) And I got to chat to Marco himself.

So what’s it all about?

Well, Marco’s New York Italian is a dining concept ideal for dinner, light bites or cocktails (I gave a bottle of the Bottega Fragolino Rosso a go. Made from red wine grapes, it’s a slightly sparking wine that tastes rather like a Kir Royal!) Continue reading

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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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