MARCO’S COOK­ING WITH FIRE

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He’s proved he can han­dle the heat, now Marco Pierre White will step into the hottest kitchen of them all. An­nounced as host for Hell’s Kitchen Aus­tralia, screen­ing on Seven in 2017, the three Miche­lin star chef says he’ll be in his el­e­ment.

“All chefs over time will stray slowly from the stove, very few stay close to the flame. Hell’s Kitchen, with­out ques­tion, is the most nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for me to be my­self,” he says.

The re­al­ity TV show is one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful and en­dur­ing food for­mats, pro­duced in 18 ter­ri­to­ries in­clud­ing 16 hit sea­sons in Amer­ica and four in the UK.

The Aus­tralian ver­sion will fea­ture a team of celebri­ties yet to be an­nounced, with film­ing to start in the new year.

The ap­pren­tice chefs will face skill-based chal­lenges un­der the im­mense pres­sure of de­liv­er­ing a com­plete din­ner ser­vice at the ex­clu­sive Hell’s Kitchen res­tau­rant.

Dubbed the “god­fa­ther of modern-day cook­ing,” Pierre White is as fa­mous for his fiery tem­per as he is for his kitchen prow­ess. He ar­rived in Lon­don as a 19-year-old with “£7.36, a box of books and a bag of clothes,” to con­tinue his ap­pren­tice­ship un­der the guid­ance of Al­bert Roux at Le Gavroche. In three years he achieved two Miche­lin stars.

At 33-years-old he be­came the youngest chef in the world to win three Miche­lin stars and was the first Bri­tish chef to achieve this ac­co­lade in Jan­uary 1995. Along his culi­nary jour­ney, he trained Gor­don Ram­say, He­ston Blu­men­thal, Eric Chavot, Philip Howard, Richard Neat, and ac­claimed Aus­tralian chefs, Cur­tis Stone, Shan­non Ben­nett, Dono­van Cooke, Jock Zon­frillo and Spencer Pa­trick.

The celebrity chef has writ­ten many books through­out his ca­reer, in­clud­ing White Heat, re­garded by many chefs as the most im­por­tant and in­flu­en­tial cook­book of its gen­er­a­tion.

Pierre White hosted series three and four of Hell’s Kitchen in the UK.

Marco Pierre White from Hell's Kitchen Aus­tralia.

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