Jamie’s Italian versus Mr White’s: who will win?
Celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White are mad, extremely mad, mad at each other, so mad. Pierre White — formerly the youngest ever chef to hold three Michelin stars, now commanding a strange blend of respect and pity — has branded Oliver’s reasoning for the collapse of Jamie’s Italian, Fifteen, and Barbecoa as “delusional,” while claiming he repeatedly suffered through “horrific” experiences at Oliver’s Gatwick restaurant. Oliver retaliated on his new documentary, 20 Years of the Naked Chef: Jamie Bares All, saying:
I know he thinks that I’m a w****r and the feeling is fairly mutual.
This is just the latest in a long-running extremely tragic feud between the two chefs. White has called Oliver “a fat chef with a drum kit.” Oliver has called White “a psychological bully.” White attacked Oliver’s campaign against turkey twizzlers because he was shilling for Bernard Matthews. Oliver has flipped between Sainsbury’s and Tesco, but White has made some extremely psychologically troubling videos for Knorr. Jamie’s Italian collapsed, but all of White’s franchises are also recognised as bad. It’s only a matter of time before this escalates to Twitter, Oliver tells White to stop emailing his wife, and internet savant Dril gets involved. Before that, the pair could really work on their insults. [Daily Mail]
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- Good tweet:
What was the strangest thing someone stole from your restaurant? On Monday a gentleman stood outside the window of our restaurant & was chatting to guests eating inside-seated by the window-at some point he grabbed 3 of the prawns from their plate of tangra prawns and ran away! pic.twitter.com/MvkG55AP7Q— Darjeeling Express (@Darjeelingldn) August 21, 2019