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COMPLIMENTS FROM THE CHEF

marco-pierre-whiteJust completed a long, stormy interview with Marco Pierre White – the “original bad boy chef”™ – for the Irish Times. The interview was conducted in his new restaurant on Dawson Street and, at one point, I really thought he was going to tell me to get the fuck out. (This man once stormed out of a Radio Times interview, for Christ’s sake.)

White is a combative character, but I thought I gave as good as I got. I asked him, for example, why chefs were allowed more latitude to be pricks than hairdressers or landscape gardiners? Anyway, when the interview was over, he stood up, shook my hand and (I have this on tape by the way!) said….

“I respect people who are good at their job. And you’re good at your job. I’d be delighted if you and your lady wife would come back here this evening as my guests.”

Maybe he says that to all the writers. I don’t know. But you could have knocked me over with a baseball bat.

UPDATE: My mother tells me he said something similar to Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show last night. Well, that’s the wind fairly comprehensibly taken out of my sails right there.

UPDATE #2: You can now read the interview here.

March 21st, 2009.

8 Responses to “COMPLIMENTS FROM THE CHEF”

  1. Matt Says:

    Didn’t say Pat Kenny was good at his job (he’s not), just said he was welcome to eat at restaurant.

  2. aoife mc Says:

    He’s an awful shite. I do hope you really did ask why chefs were allowed more latitude than everyone else! Would have loved to see his face.

  3. aoife mc Says:

    Just to be sure – he’s a shit. That picture! Egad.

  4. Eoin Says:

    Really did Aoife, called him a glorified dinner lady too. He didn’t protest, mainly because he’d said much worse things to me by that point. It’ll all be in the short Q&A in the Irish Times magazine on Saturday.

    If they edit they bad bits out, I’ll post the uncensored version here Sunday. 😉

  5. Colin Says:

    Got to say Eoin, the longer I stare at that stock photo of White the more I find it/him disturbing.

    Probably comparable to meeting the man.

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  8. BristleKRS Says:

    Did you ask him how strapped for cash he was to have done those Knorr stock adverts?

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