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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chef Sets Himself On Fire, Gets Stabbed in the Hand

posted by on May 22 at 12:25 PM


Marco Pierre White, kitchen god and undeniably bad motherfucker, was in town last week to promote his new memoir. At the dinner (for which I shelled out an insane amount of hard-earned money to meet the man), MPW certainly lived up to his legend—passionate, boozy, venerable, lecherous. Also, Sambuca was set on fire and fumes were inhaled through straws.

Today, invaluable resource of information Page Six brings news of MPW’s escapades in New York last week at the Spotted Pig:

As White was demonstrating a flaming Sambuca trick to pals Mario Batali, Tony Bourdain, Carole Radziwill and others, the burning booze spilled on his shirt and the table. In the ensuing group effort to extinguish the flames, several champagne flutes and wine glasses were broken and White “was accidentally stabbed in the hand,” our source said. “Blood went everywhere but he didn’t want to go to the hospital … very macho.” White stuck his hand in a bucket of ice water, wrapped it with some napkins and was put in a cab.

Marco, you the man.

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I've never heard of him, but he sounds completely insane.

Posted by Matt from Denver | May 22, 2007 1:04 PM

i writhe around on the kitchen floor with that mad man.

Posted by dawn | May 22, 2007 1:34 PM

want to, that is. one handing typing can be so difficult.

Posted by dawn | May 22, 2007 1:36 PM

Don't pretend like you read Page Six.

Of course, if you credited half the shit you steal from Gawker, who would read you?

Posted by puh-leez | May 22, 2007 1:59 PM

Yeah, that bad-ass macho shit is

If you've seen Gordon Ramsey's schtick, Marco is the guy he stole it from. And who wouldn't want a boss who screams spittle into their face from three inches away every goddamn day?

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2007 7:24 PM

"Sambuca was set on fire and fumes were inhaled through straws."

Boring, at best..and they didn't get
it right.

--- Jensen

Posted by Jensen Interceptor | May 22, 2007 8:41 PM

angela, why do you bother? it's pearls before swine. "foodies" in this city don't know anything.
@5, as a cook, a majority of my bosses have "screamed spittle into my face from three inches away every goddamned day". Marco does it with flair and sex appeal.
@6 MPW is british. have you ever considered there are ways to do flaming sambuca shots other than the one that you and your redneck highschool buddies from Renton perfected?

Posted by dawn | May 23, 2007 10:06 AM

DAWN Wrote:
"that you and your redneck highschool buddies from Renton perfected?"

Ahh, British! Ever tried their
cusine, Dawn? Memorable, isn't it?

BTW, I spent my misguided youth in
Hawai'i. The only flaming shots we did were for the haole tourists who
were snapping pics of us dancing.
Wait, if memory serves me, I remember doing a flaming shot with a British rugby team on tour in Monterey one year. Does, that count, Dawn? It is
a bit far from Renton.

--- Jensen

Posted by Jensen Interceptor | May 23, 2007 10:55 AM

Wait, he was at an event with Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain? I thought those two hated each others' guts and wouldn't be caught dead in the same room.

Posted by Geni | May 23, 2007 12:46 PM

Geni, I saw something on TV a couple of months ago where Anthony Bourdain was in Seattle and visiting Batali's parent's salami shop in Pioneer Square. One of Bourdain's quotes was that he wanted to be adopted by them. I think he's probably on good terms with Mario.

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