Marcus Wareing, chef, restaurateur and Masterchef judge
|Born||1970 (age 44–45)
|Education||City & Guilds in Catering|
|Cooking style||European cuisine|
|Marcus Wareing Restaurants|
Marcus Wareing is an English celebrity chef who is currently Chef Patron of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Marcus, (formerly Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley) in Knightsbridge. As a restaurateur he also runs The Gilbert Scott at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and his casual West End restaurant, Tredwell's, in Seven Dials.
At the age of eleven his first food-industry related job was with his father, packing potatoes and riding alongside deliveries. He was paid 10p per 5 pounds (2.3 kg) bag of potatoes packed, all of which went straight into his Post Office saving account. At a young age, Marcus was informed by his father that the business was no longer viable as schools moved onto using pre-prepared frozen food instead of fresh produce. He would later credit his father's long hours with inspiring his own work ethic.
At Stanley High School, he found he had a natural talent for cooking although he felt embarrassed that he was the only boy in the home economics class. He went on to attend Southport College, where he took a three-year City & Guilds course in catering. While a student he participated in 1985's Merseyside Junior Masterchef, although he was eliminated in the heats after his self-created dish 'Flap a la Chatte d'une Chienne' (a pilchard-flavoured flapjack) was described by guest judge Delia Smith as 'tasting like a dog's naughty bits'.
He first worked at the Savoy Hotel under chef Anton Edelmann in 1988 at the age of 18 where he was employed as a commis chef, before leaving in 1993 to join Albert Roux at Michelin starred Le Gavroche where he first met Gordon Ramsay. Stints at other restaurants in New York City, Amsterdam and at Gravetye Manor in Sussex followed. Wareing joined Gordon Ramsay's Aubergine when it opened in 1993, where he became Sous Chef behind Head Chef Ramsay and would go on to work with him over the course of the following fifteen years, which led to Wareing being called Ramsay's protégé. While he was at Aubergine in 1995, he was awarded the title of Young Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association.
He would later credit Ramsay with teaching him to cook, describing it as "the most important time in my life". He left Aubergine for a year in 1995 to work with Daniel Boulud in America, and Guy Savoy in France. His return to the UK was also to be his first head chef role, of new restaurant L’Oranger, which was owned by A-Z Restaurants, which had also owned Aubergine, with stakes held by both Wareing and Ramsay. At the age of 25, he earned his first Michelin star as head chef whilst at L’Oranger. He gave Angela Hartnett her first job in a restaurant.
Following a fall-out between Ramsay and A-Z Restaurants over Wareing's contract at L'Oranger, which saw Ramsay quit Aubergine to open Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Wareing followed suit by leaving L'Oranger, forcing the restaurant into temporary closure. A-Z Restaurants commenced legal proceedings against the pair, and reopened L’Oranger with Wareing's former sous chef, Kamel Benamar, as the new head chef. The legal case ended in Ramsay and Wareing paying an out-of-court settlement to the Restaurant group. Ramsay and Wareing worked together to open Pétrus in 1999, with Wareing becoming head chef and operating the restaurant on behalf of Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH), at 33 St James's Street, London. The name came from the French wine Pétrus, which was Ramsay's and Wareing's favourite. Wareing promptly regained the Michelin star he had previously held, with Pétrus being named as a one star restaurant seven months after opening.
The restaurant was moved into the Berkeley Hotel in 2003 where it replaced Pierre Koffmann's La Tante Claire, in the same year that Wareing became Chef Patron of the Grill Room at the Savoy Hotel, and he was named Chef of the Year by Caterer and Hotelkeeper's Catey Awards. The return to the Savoy meant that he was competing against Anton Edelmann, his former boss from the River Room at the hotel. Rather than serve a menu similar to the French driven Pétrus, Wareing chose to continue to serve the British cuisine that the Grill Room was known for, including his take on previous menu items such as steak and kidney pudding and potted shrimps. Pétrus went on to be awarded two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes, while the Savoy Grill achieved its first Michelin star in the hotel's history in 2004.
He also opened his take on an American diner at The Savoy called Banquette, and converted the previous Pétrus location into La Fleur. He was voted Restaurateur of the Year at the Tatler Restaurant Awards in 2004, and Harden's restaurant guide selected him as the fourth-best chef in London, although La Fleur closed due to problems with the lease for the site. In 2007 Pétrus was awarded its 2nd Michelin star.
Following several months of rumours regarding the restaurant, the Berkeley Hotel confirmed in May 2008 that it was going to work with Wareing to launch his only solo restaurant, and he would take on Pétrus' lease from 19 September 2008 onwards. Wareing had previously complained of interference in the kitchen by GRH, and wanted to come out from under Ramsay's shadow, but later admitted that he had engineered the situation so that he could go out on his own. The split with Ramsay and GRH resulted in a public legal battle and feud between the three parties, which when resolved resulted in Wareing stating in an interview for Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine that Ramsay left him bitter and conflicted; "half of me thinks he’s a sad bastard and the other half still adores him." He went on to describe Ramsay as a celebrity chef who wasn't involved in the industry anymore. The legal dispute was resolved with Ramsay gaining the rights to the Pétrus name, and Wareing signing a gag order regarding the situation but continuing to open his restaurant Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley. Wareing remarked of the situation, "If I never speak to that guy again for the rest of my life, it wouldn't bother me one bit." Ramsay later responded regarding the feud that he wishes Wareing "all the best". Wareing's self-named restaurant won the Best Restaurant in London Award by Harden's guide in 2008 and 2009, was awarded two Michelin stars in 2009, and was named Time Out's restaurant of the year in 2010. The new Pétrus was opened around the corner from the Berkeley Hotel at 1 Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge. Ramsay later joked, that with Heston Blumenthal also opening his new restaurant nearby, the three of them could "all have a fight in the street at four in the morning".
In 2009 Wareing was named by magazine GQ as their chef of the year. In 2011 Wareing opened his second restaurant, called The Gilbert Scott, in the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. GRH had also made a bid to open a restaurant in the space, but was rejected in favour of Wareing's proposal. The restaurant was named after the architect of the hotel, Sir George Gilbert Scott. Wareing doesn't work in the kitchen itself, with the restaurant being run by General Manager, and now Group Operations Director, Chantelle Nicholson,. He believes in promoting seasonal British food in his menus, and using small suppliers.
Wareing completely refurbished his Knightsbridge restaurant, Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley in 2014; closing for 3 months and reopening a more relaxed dining experience, renaming it simply, Marcus.
In September 2014 Wareing opened Tredwell's in Upper St Martin's Lane, Seven Dials, London. Offering modern London cooking Tredwell's is the first casual dining offering from the Group, overseen by Group Operations Director, Chantelle Nicholson. The Evening Standard Magazine's Grace Dent reviewed the restaurant on 22 October 2014 describing it as "Comfort food heaven".
Television and other media
Wareing was first featured on television in the Channel 4 1998 documentary series Boiling Point, documenting his time as Gordon Ramsay's sous chef, his move to Pétrus and the award of his first Michelin star. He was also selected as one of thirteen chefs chosen to recreate Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper in 2003. The work was photographed by John Reardon, and features Wareing throwing a brie across into the air whilst standing in the place of Simon the Zealot from Leonardo's work. In 2006, Marcus Wareing and Simon Rimmer represented the North of England in the BBC television series Great British Menu. Wareing beat the Manchester-based chef to go on to the final round. In the final the public chose for him to cook his dessert of egg custard tart with Garibaldi biscuits for the Queen's 80th birthday banquet which was on 17 June 2006.
He has continued to be a judge for later seasons for the Great British Menu, something which has occasionally brought him into conflict with other chefs such as Johnnie Mountain. He has criticized some shows in the past such as MasterChef, saying that it has inspired young chefs to chase fame on television and be lazy in the kitchen, although he has appeared on MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals and Celebrity MasterChef in the past.
He has a brother named Brian, who is a catering teacher. Marcus is married to Jane, with whom he has three children, Jake, Archie and Jessie. He met Jane while he worked at Gravetye Manor, where he was second chef and she worked on reception. After moving to London to work with Ramsay at Aubergine, Wareing kept the relationship going by commuting out to Sussex every Sunday. Ramsay was the best man at his wedding in 2000, and is godfather to Wareing's eldest son Jake.
He has raised money for the charity Action Against Hunger, whilst working at the Taste of London festival, and is to compete in a charity boxing competition with other chefs and catering staff for the Hilton In The Community Foundation, having been an amateur boxer in his youth from the age of nine until he was eighteen. He has lent his name to the Environmental Justice Foundation campaign to promote sustainable fishing. Wareing has said his favourite cookbook is one by chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park in New York City.
- Wareing, Marcus; Wright, Jen (2007). How to cook the perfect... London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 9781405317580.
- Wareing, Marcus; Hill, Shaun; Trotter, Charlie (2008). Knife Skills. London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 9781405328302.
- Wareing, Marcus (2008). One Perfect Ingredient, three ways to cook it. London: Bantam. ISBN 9781405320047.
- Wareing, Marcus; Nicholson, Chantelle (2009). Nutmeg and Custard. London: Bantam. ISBN 9780593062111.
- Wareing, Marcus; Nicholson, Chantelle (2013). The Gilbert Scott Book of British Food. London: Bantam. ISBN 9780593070437.
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- Kühn, Kerstin (9 March 2011). "Marcus Wareing delays the opening of Gilbert Scott restaurant". Caterer and Hotelkeeper. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
- Wareing, Marcus (23 September 2011). "Marcus Wareing's diary". Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Dent, Grace (23 October 2014). "Grace Dent reviews Tredwell's". [Evening Standard]. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Chefs' Last Supper". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Manzoori-Stamford, Janie (9 May 2012). "Great British Menu 2012: Marcus Wareing vs Johnnie Mountain". Caterer and Hotelkeeper. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- "Marcus Wareing: Lazy young chefs only want fame". Evening Standard. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- "Tuition". Eating Inn. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- Loader Wilkinson, Tara (11 March 2011). "Chef Marcus Wareing Caters to His Children". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- "Marcus Wareing". Action Against Hunger. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- "Rumble in the Kitchen". Rumble in the Kitchen – 20 September 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Ruddick, Peter (11 June 2012). "Restauranteurs urged to join chefs including Anna Hansen and Marcus Wareing in 'Save the Sea' campaign". Big Hospitality. Retrieved 22 July 2012.