British Celebrity Chef Marco Pierre White Opening Marco's New York Italian in UK
Opening at the Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, Marco’s New York Italian will serve “Marco’s take on Italian-Italian food.” Marco's New York Italian currently has five other locations.
White, who retired from the kitchen in 1999, was at one point one of the youngest chefs ever to receive three Michelin stars, which he earned for his cuisine at The Restaurant Marco Pierre White. Upon retirement, White became a restaurateur, television personality, and author — his autobiography is entitled White Slave (The Devil in the Kitchen in North America).
Many young chefs who have trained under White have gone on to become celebrities in their own right, including Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay — though both relationships are less than friendly today. Batali explains how he left White’s tutelage in a revealing episode of Eric Ripert’s On the Table, and Ramsay effectively ruined any hopes of friendship by showing up to White’s wedding with an unannounced camera crew.
"The idea behind this restaurant is to create an environment where people can sit and enjoy their life, where diners can have a good time and enjoy traditional Italian favorites at any time of the day,” hotel owner Nick Taplin told the Nottingham Post. The hotel will operate the restaurant under a franchise agreement.
"People who go out to eat and spend their hard-earned money deserve good food at a price that is affordable. That's what Marco's New York Italian is all about."