British chef Marco Pierre White, best-known to Australian viewers as a judge on Australian Masterchef and on Hell’s Kitchen will be in Western Australia in March for IGA Taste Great Southern.

Often referred to as the first celebrity chef and the godfather of modern cooking, White was the youngest chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars.

White will be making his first visit to the Great Southern region of WA, continuing the trend over the past two years of well-known chefs like Colin Fassnidge, Miguel Maestre and Tobi Puttock being spoilt with the quality of the amazing local produce.

The Albany Wine & Food Festival is just one of around 50 events being held as part of Taste Great Southern.

On March 17, he will appear at the Albany Food and Wine Festival and attend the Fervor x Three Anchors dinner on Saturday, March 17. The eight course degustation focuses on local and native Australian ingredients prepared by Paul Iskov.

On Sunday March 18, people in The Great Southern might spot Marco Pierre White visiting the regions attractions or dining at some of the local restaurants.

White joins top Indonesian chef Chandra Yudasswara and former Masterchef contestant and TV cooking presenter, Justine Schofield along with Anna Gare, Paul Iskov, Don Hancey, Sophie Budd, Kenny McHardy, Russell Blaikie, Stuart Laws, Scott Brannigan, Vincent Lim and Dan Wegener. Great Southern chefs and presenters include Amy Hamilton, Frederick Kirby, Sally Francis, Nic Lancaster, Marty Morgan, Ian Gatjens and Kade Sims.

Taste Great Southern runs from March 8 to 25, 2018 with events in Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Frankland River, Katanning and Kojonup.

The State Government is a proud supporter of IGA Taste Great Southern through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia congratulated the festival’s organisers for securing White to appear at the event.

“Marco Pierre White has been one of the biggest names in the culinary world for decades and it is a massive coup to have him appear at Taste Great Southern,” Mr Papalia said.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in getting him on board for the 2018 event.

“Culinary events, such as Taste Great Southern, play a crucial role on Western Australia’s diverse events calendar as they help showcase the State’s amazing food and wine regions and help drive visitation.”

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said WA’s growing reputation for having fresh produce, premium wines and high quality boutique beverages “makes us a foodie’s paradise”.

“Events such as IGA Taste Great Southern help reinforce that reputation and provide a great platform to show the world what WA has to offer,” she said.

It is a celebration of the wine, food and tourism of the Great Southern with a line-up of great wine, local food, craft beers, spirits, tourism product, produce and local crafts with live music and guest chefs sharing their inspiration from local produce at cooking demonstrations, along with wine seminar sessions.

Marco Pierre White biography:

At 24, Marco became Head Chef and joint owner of Harveys with a kitchen staff that included the young Gordon Ramsay. At 33, he became the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars.

After leaving Allerton High School in Leeds without any qualifications, Marco decided to train as a chef. He began his training in the kitchen at the Hotel St George in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and later at the Box Tree in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

During these years his team included Gordon Ramsay, Eric Chavot (The Capital), Heston Blumenthal (The Fat Duck), Bryn Williams (Odette's), Matt Tebbutt (The Foxhunter), Robert Reid, Thierry Busset, Jason Atherton, James Stocks and in front of house Max (Mark) Palmer, one of the few English Maître d of a Michelin three-star, Claude Douart, Philippe Messy (youngest sommelier to gain three Michelin stars) and Chris Jones, unusual in being an English sommelier in a two-star Michelin French restaurant at the age of 21.

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