No Gallery so have a smiling chef instead

There is no Gallery theme this week as Tara is having a week off (good on her, I say) so I thought I would come up with something else.  I am kind of in the habit of doing a photo on a Wednesday but was at a loss as to what to post.   What do I do in these situations?  I ask Twitter.

If you follow me on social media you will know that yesterday I spent the day, along with 20 odd other bloggers, with Marco Pierre White, learning how to cook the perfect turkey.  I will tell you all about that tomorrow.

“post the smiling Marco” I was told.

A smiling Marco.  Funnily enough it had never occurred to me that we don’t really see a smiling Marco very often but I was asked the same thing on Facebook:  “Did he smile”?

I have to say that he was lovely.   Had lots of time for our questions, for us photographing him, joking with him, and writing out recipes for us.  It was a great event but it struck me that he might actually quite shy.   It must be really hard for celebs to be confronted by 20 odd random strangers who come in thinking they know an awful lot about you from the press and might be ready to pick fault.   He didn’t know that we were a friendly bunch.  When you are in the restaurant trade you have to be ready, I am guessing, for critics to pick fault and be quite argumentative.   That must have an effect on you over time, I am sure.

But for those that think Mr MPW doesn’t smile I can assure you he does.  And laughs.   And has a bit of a twinkle in his eye when he says “you are a very funny lady” to certain members of our group.

What do you think?  Do you think my theory about chefs is correct or do you think on the most part they are just grumpy?

PS sorry the focus is all out of whack.  Taken on my phone right at the beginning of the day.

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  • That’s the thing about celebs isn’t it – you don’t *really* know what they’re like – we only know their public persona. I found Marco to be a charming and softly spoken man (I’m sure that all changes when he has a busy kitchen to control and be master of), and he had that naughty twinkle in his eye!

    A thoroughly enjoyable masterclass and I was so glad to be able to attend.

    Thanks for the coffee – I owe you one! x

    • Great to meet you too Michelle. Sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye at the end.

      Wasn’t that twinkle a naughty one?!!

      • I kind of slipped out as wanted to beat the school run when getting home to Essex 😛

        A very naught twinkle, aided I’m sure with comments from us girls about probes and choppers!!!!!!