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Marco checks out new Nottingham restaurant

The godfather of modern cooking, Marco Pierre White, popped in to his new Nottingham restaurant where he entertained guests during its official opening.

Located on Upper Parliament Street the new restaurant is called the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and comprises everything one would expect from a traditional steakhouse but with the superior quality synonymous from arguably Britain’s greatest chef and original enfant terrible!

At 33 White was the youngest British chef to receive three Michelin stars and his contributions to contemporary international cuisine are well renowned. He now hopes the people of Nottingham and East Midlands will be able to enjoy his style of dining which he describes as ‘affordable glamour’.

While there guests were treated to bellini cocktails and canapes followed by a three-course meal that featured dishes from the chef’s new menu. They also chatted to the Hell’s Kitchen star who mingled with his guests as they soaked up the lively atmosphere.

Serving a variety of Great British cuisine – Marco’s speciality, the food is simple and unfussy but of the highest quality and is under the stewardship of head chef Richard Donohue, 27, who has been put in charge of the restaurant.

The former Clarendon College student is hoping his experience and passion for food will make the restaurant a must for those looking for a bit of ‘affordable glamour’.

Marco said: “I’m delighted with my new restaurant and being able to bring my vision of dining out to Nottingham. It was also great to meet so many people because they’re the people that really matter and their opinion is very important to me.

“To me the most important aspect of any restaurant is the welcome on arrival. It’s the environment you sit in and the service that you’re given so we’ve been careful to make sure the new restaurant reflects that.

“The food plays a very important role. It doesn’t have to be the finest because if I’m honest a lot of my favourite restaurants don’t serve the greatest food in Britain but they serve very good food at a very good price.

“Richard has impressed with his dedication and skill and this new restaurant is in very capable hands.”

Mark Hands, venue director at Alea and who persuaded the fiery chef to open a restaurant in Nottingham said: “It was wonderful for Marco to visit and to check everything was to his exacting standards. He has such a presence and his charisma is almost palatable.

“The staff were buzzing and atmosphere electric and we now aim to continue in this vein for all customers.”

Located in the same building as Alea, the new restaurant operates independently from the renowned entertainment venue and its lively atmosphere, exquisite food and delicious cocktails creates the perfect venue for any occasion.

Hors D’Oeuvres include Six month cured ‘Coppa Ham’ Mostarda Di Cremona, Crispy Fried Calamari, Sauce Tartare and Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Salad, Walnut Dressing while the main courses will have a selection of traditional classics from the fish main board, grilled and roast meats and beef. Puddings will be just as tantalising including Box Tree Eton Mess, Cambridge Burnt Cream and Classic Bitter Chocolate Mousse.

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