Marco Pierre White: Interesting Facts about “MasterChef” Guest Judge

Marco Pierre White
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Marco Pierre White is a renowned British chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He was called the godfather of modern cooking by MasterChef Australia and is the youngest chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars. He still holds that title to date!

Marco Pierre White’s Stint On “MasterChef Australia”

Recently Marco Pierre White decided to quit from MasterChef Australia. He has joined the rival Hell’s Kitchen. All this happened because of his feud with MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston.

Being invited on MasterChef to judge and assist people who would be entering the professional world was one of the greatest privileges to Marco Pierre White. He loved the opportunity to share his knowledge with younger people on the show. White considers the show as the greatest food show on Earth, which gets more interesting and challenging with each year.

White doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind. In a video posted on Facebook, Marco Pierre White praised MasterChef Australia season 8 contestant Nidhi Mahajan’s cooking by saying, “I just love your cooking. Your use of spice is genius. I wish you had a restaurant where I live; I would be there every week.”

Read on to know more interesting facts about MasterChef Australia’s guest judge.

9 Interesting Facts about Marco Pierre White

  • Marco Pierre White is the youngest ever chef to win three Michelin stars.
  • He has trained chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone, and Shannon Bennett
  • The chef once drank a bottle of wine worth £28,000 with Piers Morgan in one sitting
  • His 25-year-old cook book, White Heat, is being re-released as a Special Edition with new unseen photos
  • White also published several cookbooks like Wild Food from Land and Sea.
  • In 1999, he retired and returned his Michelin stars when he realized his career was hindering his personal life
  • He once cut open a chef’s jacket and trousers with a knife when he complained about the heat in the kitchen
  • White appeared as a principal judge on MasterChef Australia: The Professionals.
  • He appeared on the South African version of MasterChef which aired on M-Net on December 11, 2014
  • White holds the majority of shares in MPW Steak & Alehouse and Kings Road Steakhouse & Grill

Marco Pierre White’s Pasta Recipe


  • Olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped (or grated)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped (or grated)
  • 750 g cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ bunch basil, leaves removed and finely chopped
  • 500 g store bought pasta
  • 2 bottles passata
  • 2 condensed chicken stock pots
  • Dried chilli flakes, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving


For the tomato sauce, drizzle some olive oil in a pan and set over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and stir. Add 600 grams of cherry tomato halves and cook until the juice begins to release. Add passata sauce and rinse the bottles with a cup water and it add to the pan.

Add chicken stock pots, bay leaf, thyme and allow to simmer for 40 minutes, or until it thickens and reduces. Remove from heat and pass through a sieve.

Boil water in saucepan and add some salt to it. Add the pasta and cook until slightly underdone. Strain the pasta and drizzle oil over it to prevent sticking.

Drizzle some oil in another fry pan. Add cherry tomato halves and chili flakes. Then, add two to three cups tomato sauce, chopped basil, and pasta. Toss to coat.

Season with salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.



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