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Marco Pierre White's Biography

Marco Pierre White was born on 11 December 1961.

Marco Pierre White grew up in Leeds. He left school without any qualifications and took a job at the Hotel St George in Harrogate on 16 a week.

His mother, who was Italian, died when he was six.

He trained at Le Gavroche under Albert Roux. Although Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White were close - Roux was best man at White's second wedding to Lisa Butcher - they have since fallen out.

Roux is not the only person close to him that Marco Pierre White has fallen out with. Examples include Gordon Ramsay, whom he employed at Harveys. They are not on speaking terms.

Marco Pierre White also fell out with Michael Caine over the running of The Canteen.

At 33, Marco Pierre White became the only British chef to win three Michelin stars and also the youngest person in the world to ever have done so.

However, in 2001, Marco Pierre White gave up cooking and handed back the three Michelin stars he had for Mirabelle.

Marco Pierre White's restaurant interests include The Criterion, Mirabelle, L'Escargot and Quo Vadis.

In 2007 Marco Pierre White became the host of the ITV reality cookery series Hell's Kitchen.

Previous presenters were Gary Rhodes and Jean Christophe Novelli in 2006 and Gordon Ramsay fronted the first series in 2005.

The Observer Food magazine has an interesting characterisation of Marco Pierre White.

Marco Pierre White has been married three times. Firstly, in 1988, to surgeon's daughter Alex McCarthy.

Secondly and very briefly to Lisa Butcher.

Thirdly to Mati Conejero, who worked at The Canteen. However, they also separated.

Marco Pierre White's books include the autobiographical White Slave and The Devil in the Kitchen.

Marco Pierre White has a special assistant, a Japanese chap called Mr Ishii.

In April 2010 Marco Pierre White became the host of ITV1's Marco's Kitchen Burnout, in which 12 celebrities cook in a professional kitchen for diners all on their own in an effort to find Britain's top amateur celebrity chef.

In 2012, Channel Five transmitted the series Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars.

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