Tips from famous chef

ONE of the world’s most famous chefs and restaurateurs passed on his wisdom and culinary tips to Weston students this week.

Marco Pierre White visited a Congresbury restaurant last Thursday and talked to youngsters about his own experiences in the food business. The celebrity chef was visiting the restaurant he helped set up two years ago at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Students quizzed the former Hell’s Kitchen TV star on how he became the youngest British chef to attain three Michelin stars and what it takes to succeed in the restaurant business.

And they were also allowed to help with the preparation of canapes ahead of a special meal put on to mark Marco’s visit.

Restaurant manager Mimmo Pomo said: “It’s always great to see Marco. Every time he visits there’s a real buzz of excitement. He has such a presence and proves a real inspiration to both the kitchen and front of house teams.

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“It was also great for the students to not only help prepare the canapes for paying guests but to meet the great man himself. Marco is a great advocate when it comes to the next generation of cooks and chefs and is always prepared to give time to those who are passionate about food.

“Having come from humble beginnings, Marco is passionate about inspiring students and we hope they will be even more motivated to do well in the future. Maybe we have just found the next Marco Pierre White.”

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College principal Dr Paul Phillips said he was thrilled students got a chance to spend the afternoon with one of the world’s premier restaurateurs.

He said: “We are always keen for our students to engage with top employers and celebrities.

“Marco Pierre White is without doubt one of the most influential chefs the UK has ever produced and for some of our students to meet him was a great opportunity.”

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