He's one of the UK's all-time great chefs and he's back in Abu Dhabi with a new restaurant.
Marco Pierre White can lay claim to being the first celebrity chef, but we're sure he'd rather his work in the kitchen was the focus of people's attention.
In 1994, aged 33, he was the youngest-ever chef who received three Michelin stars at his resataurants. In the 25 years since then his career is almost unparalelled.
Now, the Yorkshireman is set to open his second restaurant in Abu Dhabi, at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
Marco’s New York Italian will open on Thursday September 26. It's inspired by his heritage (his mum is Italian) and promises to use fresh, quality ingredients to creare simple, tasty food.
White says: “Marco’s New York Italian, is all about creating an environment where people can sit and enjoy some great food with friends and family whatever the occasion and we’ve made sure that the menu and the ambiance reflects just that.
“The idea is that [the restaurant] isn’t just about selling a meal. It’s a great place to share and socialise whether it’s a night out with friends, a family lunch, or somewhere for parents to take the children out for a meal.”
Dishes on offer include fresh pasta, homemade pizza and ribs, as well as his New York-style cheesecake.
There will also be a mixed drinks menu inspired by the Big Apple's vibrant neighbourhoods.
Elias Chakhtoura, general manager at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr says: “We are honoured to open the first international branch of Marco’s New York Italian at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. This marks our second collaboration with chef Marco following the success of the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill.
“At Fairmont, our passion is to connect our guests with the best of destinations, unique architecture, expressive décor and artistry as well as the best of experiences. We strongly believe that this vibrant all-day dining restaurant will lend itself to be the must go to restaurant at the hotel.”
Open Sat-Thu noon-3pm; Fri noon-4pm (brunch); daily 6pm-2am (food ends at 11pm). From Sep 26. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).