This week, I present you with an ultra edition of Do, Dump or Marry.
The Bad Boys
Think about this one ladies, it’s not as easy as it seems…
Who: British Chef Marco Pierre White, formerly of Harveys, The Restaurant Marco Pierre White and Oak Room (all in London). Retired from cheffing in 1999 at the age of 38 after being awarded 3 Michelin Stars (all gained by the age of 33). Now owns The White Star Line, a company with a portfolio of over 8 restaurants in London. Author of several books, most notably The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef. Currently filming The Chopping Block for NBC.
Evidence: During his early career in the kitchen, White regularly ejected patrons from his restaurants if he took offense at their comments. In the ’80s a city trader asked if he could have a side order of chips with his lunch, White hand-cut and personally cooked the chips but charged the customer £25 for the honor.A young chef at Harveys, who once complained of heat in the kitchen, had the back of his chef’s jacket and trousers cut open by White wielding a sharp paring knife. Once reduced a very young Gordon Ramsay to tears in the kitchen (there’s a pic of this in White’s book).
Bad Boy Rating: He’s the original gangsta. 10.
Who: Scottish Chef Gordon Ramsay of Gordon Ramsay at The London (NYC & LA), Gordon Ramsay at Cielo (Boca Raton, FL) and 20 other establishments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Awarded a total of 12 Michelin stars. Host of Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen.
Evidence: In 2002 Ramsay was breathalysed and arrested and charged with driving under the influence of excess alcohol in London. In 2007, Ramsay admitted stealing the reservations book from his Aubergine restaurant in 1998 and blaming the theft on Marco Pierre White to prevent him from being appointed as chef in Ramsay’s place. Frequent user of profanity and a huge fan of yelling and insulting his cooks on his way to Once stopped waiter with a tie broadly knotted around his collar.
“Young man, what’s your name?”
“Your knot,” Ramsay said. “It’s very big, don’t you think?”
“You know what they say in Britain—the bigger the knot, the smaller the cock. Young man, I’m sure your cock is very big. Will you do something about your knot, please?”
Bad Boy Rating: 9 out of 10.
Who: At the risk of becoming a Bourdain fan site, I had to pick him, American Chef/Mandy (that’s man-candy) Anthony Bourdain. Formerly the executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles and schooled at The CIA, AB is currently the host of No Reservations an adventure travel/food show on the Travel Channel.
Evidence: Do you live in a hole? Bourdain is a former user of cocaine, heroine and LSD In Kitchen Confidential he writes of his experience in a restaurant in 1981: “We were high all the time, sneaking off to the walk-in [refrigerator] at every opportunity to ‘conceptualize.’ Hardly a decision was made without drugs. Pot, quaaludes, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms soaked in honey and used to sweeten tea, Seconal, Tuinal, speed, codeine and, increasingly, heroin, which we’d send a Spanish-speaking busboy over to Alphabet City to get.”
Bad Boy Rating: 9 out of 10
I had to really think about this one kids, it was really hard to make some of these decisions but I did it…here are my picks for Do, Dump or Marry: The Bad Boys of the Kitchen.
Do: Anthony Bourdain
Dump: Gordon Ramsay
Marry: Marco Pierre White (surprised I didn’t pick AB? Me too but there is something about Marco…his reclusive lifestyle in England…that appeals to me on an intellectual level).