Marco’s mission

Catering students were given the chance to quiz one of the UK’stop chefs, Marco Pierre White, during his latest visit to the West Country.

It came as one of his West restaurants won an international award.

The celebrity chef, who was visiting his two North Somerset restaurants at DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House in Congresbury, spent time with the youngsters, offering advice and guidance on forging a career in catering and hospitality.

Marco Pierre White with Weston College staff and students.

The students from Weston College’s School of Food had the chance to find out what inspired Marco to go into cooking and ultimately become the youngest British chef to attain three Michelin stars.

Mimmo Pomo, restaurant manager at the Steakhouse in Congresbury, said: “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 loves inspiring students and we hope they will be even more motivated to do well in the future.”

During the visit, Marco also spent time in his two restaurants – the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill in the hotel and the Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso Bar within the venue’s health club and spa.

There he met customers, signed copies of his cookbook White Heat 25 and relaunched his new beer The Governor.

The all-malt British ale that was first brewed in 2012 will be brewed exclusively at JW Lees Greengate Brewery in Manchester until at least 2023.

The beer will be available in Black and White restaurants across the UK as well as in JW Lees pubs and in independent outlet

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