Twenty-five years ago in London, one man was changing what it
meant to be a chef.
Marco Pierre White, a lad from Leeds, arrived in The Big Smoke
aged 16 with just £7.36 in his pocket. He learnt his trade as a
commis under Albert and Michel Roux at Le Gavroche and by the age
of 33 was the youngest chef to earn 3 Michelin stars.
Fag hanging out of his mouth, long curly hair, a face
model-chiselled from the stress of working his kitchen, a fearsome
reputation and never short of a beautiful girlfriend. As fellow
chef and Kitchen Confidential author Anthony Bourdain explains,
"Marco Pierre White was the original rock-star chef - the guy who
all of us wanted to be… He made history."
This historic moment was captured, thanks to the work by late
photographer Bob Carlos Clarke, whose iconic images of Marco were
published in Pierre White's cookbook White Heat. Next
week, The Little Black Gallery in Chelsea opens an exhibition
celebrating the book's 25th anniversary. Alongside the raw, punchy
images of Marco, is an anniversary edition of the book that
includes 64 new pages of material; recipes, behind the scenes
reportage and contributions from some who worked in Marco's
kitchens, including Jason Atherton, Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay.
All whippersnappers then, Titans now.
White Heat 25 / Photographs of Marco Pierre White by Bob
Carlos Clarke, supported by Olympus, is at The Little Black
Gallery, 13A Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ from 10 February -
White Heat 25 is published by Mitchell Beazley in
© The Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke