The original rockstar chef is an acquired taste. Marco Pierre White talks food, family and the importance of being kind, ahead of a $460 Taste of Auckland charity dinner.

Once, Marco Pierre White was cheekbones draped in prosciutto. Sharp angles and translucent skin in a monochrome photo. His face has fleshed with age but his skin has, perhaps, become thinner.

"We can see what kind of journalist you are," he says.

I repeat his statement, incredulously.


"Of course! I've done more interviews than you."

Rapid maths. My career began a decade before Google was founded. He is wrong and I