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Even before Marco Pierre White has to face his wife, Mati, in the divorce courts, he has suffered the indignity of being accused of bringing celebrity chefs into disrepute by Ainsley Harriott, of all people.
Harriott, the cheap and cheerful presenter of Ready Steady Cook claims that White demeaned himself by agreeing to promote Bernard Matthews.
“Marco has compromised himself, but then money speaks louder than words in some cases,” says Harriott, who has provided voice-overs for television advertisements for cough medicine and promoted Fairy Liquid. “Turkey Twizzlers is something you would more expect someone like me to be associated with, with my fast food connections and all. Marco has always tried to align himself with the really high-end side of things. You spend years building a career and working on your restaurants and earning a reputation, but there comes a point in some people’s careers where they think: ‘I’ll sacrifice a bit of credibility and buy a house in France.’”
White signed up in March as an ambassador for Bernard Matthews, whose Turkey Twizzlers were singled out for criticism by Jamie Oliver in his series Jamie’s School Dinners. The product became an emblem of the mass-produced, processed food that Oliver wanted to remove from schools. Marco Pierre White once described Jamie Oliver as “a fat chef with a drum kit”.
Marco Pierre White is one of my heroes and I’m sorry to read that his wife is taking him to the cleaners, but not before metaphorically and for all we know literally going through his pockets to determine how much he’s worth.
Snooker legend Alex Higgins looked a shadow of his former self as he attended a charity fund-raiser in his honour. The 61-year-old, who won snooker’s world title in 1972 and 1982, is said to have been living on baby food after losing his teeth from radiotherapy while battling throat cancer.
Stars from the sport including Jimmy White, 47, John Virgo, 63, and Tony Knowles, 54, joined the “Hurricane” at Yang Sing Chinese restaurant in Manchester to raise £20,000 to pay for crucial surgery.
Mickey Rourke has told the Orlando Sentinel that he is to play Genghis Khan, the Mongol emperor who died in 1227 after conquering Asia from the Pacific to the Caspian Sea.
Directing and writing is John Milius, responsible for the Apocalypse Now screenplay and renowned as a rightwing zealot for films such as Red Dawn, in which middle-American teenagers fight off Soviet invaders.
Mickey Rourke gave his finest performance in Rumblefish. Great score by Stewart Copeland as well.