For someone relatively inexperienced in such things, the prospect of sitting down to talk with Marco Pierre White was a daunting one.

His reputation as intense and intimidating is legendary, and I’d witnessed this first-hand at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape several years ago.

He’s imposingly tall, and scruffy in a mad professor kind of way. Measured and eloquent, his speech is peppered with remnants of the past, referring to himself in stories as a boy and his old bosses as “mister”. He smokes almost constantly but asks not to be photographed holding a cigarette as he doesn’t want to influence “young kids in the industry” – a somewhat ironic request from a man famously photographed with a fag hanging out of his mouth.

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