World famous chef, Marco Pierre White, impressed and intrigued Hospitality students at Chichester College with stories of his rise within the industry. His calm and measured attitude had students on the edge of their seats to note stern words of advice and inspirational anecdotes.
Marco said: “Luck gives the opportunity and it’s the awareness of mind that lets you take advantage of it.”
His first jobs were low-paid and basic, but gave him critical experience of a working kitchen.
When asked about his thoughts on apprenticeships, he replied: “Apprenticeships are key! You have to get out there and knock on doors, even if you have to work for free.”
On hearing stories from the fine restaurants in Paris and London, Marco’s long-term dream became the achievement of three Michelin stars and five red knives and forks, both the highest accolades in the hospitality industry. Today, only the Ritz has five red knives and forks but no stars.
The chef told students: “Discipline is essential; staying focused. Never give up on your dreams. It’s all about belief in yourself.”
Following a book-signing, students served lunch for Marco, Hospitality staff and principal, Shelagh Legrave, in the college’s Goodwood Restauarant.
It was a magical experience for the students hosting a culinary legend on the college premises in just the first fortnight of their course – no doubt an occasion that will be a feature on their CVs.