Hot-tempered chef Marco Pierre White has shunned the Michelin Guide once again after opening Singapore’s first “restaurant with rooms” this week.
As reported by Big Hospitality, White rejected a request by Michelin to include his first restaurant in Asia, The English House, within its Singapore guide.
“I don’t need Michelin and they don’t need me. They sell tires and I sell food,” he told CNA Lifestyle.
“You have to create food which is delicious and affordable because restaurateurs are only shopkeepers, that’s all we are. It’s no different to the supermarket down the road,” he added.
According to Big Hospitality, The English House specialises in modern British cuisine and serves the likes of stuffed cabbage in a tomato sauce and Black Angus beef with braised spiced tendons.
White famously tried to give the three Michelin stars that he gained at the Oak Room in at Le Méridian Piccadilly hotel back in 1999.
Known as the enfant terrible of the UK restaurant scene at the time, White was the youngest chef at the time ever to be awarded three Michelin stars, scooping his third star in 1994 when he was just 33.
Since retiring from the kitchen, White has opened over 40 restaurants in the UK and is set to open a hotel restaurant in Bath in collaboration with his mentor Pierre Koffmann, who he trained under at La Tante Claire in Chelsea.