BBC Tales from a Kitchen Garden: Marcus Wareing’s friendship with Gordon Ramsay that ‘got nasty’
TV chef Marcus Wareing has had a long and successful career dating back to the 1980s and as a familiar face to cooking show fans, the 51-year-old has worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants over the years – and even has one of its own. .
Tonight (February 28) he will appear on his own BBC Two show, Tales from a Vegetable Garden by Marcus Wareing. The series sees the chef traveling across the country to discover the secrets of planting, raising and growing vegetables to help her transform her own garden. But what about star life away from our television screens?
The son of a fruit and potato merchant, Wareing was born in Merseyside in 1970. He started working in the food industry when he was just 11 – helping his father pack apples of land and to accompany the deliveries. He discovered he had a natural talent for cooking when he was at school and enrolled in a three-year catering course as a teenager. His first job as a chef was at the Savoy Hotel, which he started shortly after his 18th birthday.
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Wareing has been married for 22 years to his wife Jane, with whom he has three children – Jake, Archie and Jessie. After the chef moved to London to work with Gordon Ramsay at Aubergine, he maintained his relationship by traveling to Sussex every Sunday. In addition to being the best man at her wedding in 2000, Ramsay is also godfather to her eldest son, Jake.
In 1993 he first met Gordon Ramsay, whom he later credited with teaching him how to cook – but the pair’s friendship extended beyond the kitchen, so much so that he asked the TV chef to witness his wedding. However, the couple have not been friends for several years. “Look, you have to understand that it was me who started it with Gordon,” he told British GQ as part of his regular ‘Out to Lunch’ feature.
He added: “I picked a fight. I didn’t want to be locked in a corner anymore, moaning and feeling like I had nothing to offer her stuff. So I spoke up. Well, it got nasty.”
As well as being a famous TV celebrity chef, Wareing also has his own Michelin-starred restaurant, Marcus, located in the five-star The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge in London’s West End. Incredibly, a starter – a preserved Loch Duart salmon, Scottish langoustine, cauliflower, curry spices and pickled apple – costs £42.
The restaurant’s website reads: “We provide an exceptional dining experience in a warm and welcoming dining room, sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients from a network of trusted suppliers and applying cooking techniques innovative with exceptional attention to detail.”
Since opening in 2008, the restaurant has won numerous accolades including a Michelin star, 5 AA Rosettes, Hardens’ Best Restaurant of the Year and Time Out’s Restaurant of the Year.
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