Former Sydney Swan Dale “Louie” Lewis asked about his three marriages: “Hey mate, married three ties, was (sic) the first wives dismissed, for want of a better word, cause they can’t cook, or didn’t like your cooking? Is that an issue with them?”
“I just think of myself as being a lucky man that I found three women who wanted to marry me,” White tactfully answered.
But Lewis responded with: “Yeah, cos if you’re the rude prick you come across on TV I wouldn’t be there long either. That’s just me surmising what I’ve seen on TV.”
White then wrapped things up very quickly.
“I think you should say good morning to me, and good bye, because one, I take offense to being called thatI haven’t shown you disrespect, I haven’t been rude to you. I don’t like being called that word. I’m very sorry,” he said.
“Well, I apologise Marco. I was just trying to have some fun,” Lewis replied.
White accepted the apology.
“Your apology is accepted. Rudeness is not having fun when it is at the expense of another person. You’re a very rude man. And I hope your mother’s not listening to this show today because she would not be proud of her son. Have a nice day, bye bye.”
Lewis’ remarks were clearly not the way to talk to a guest, but I do understand the reference.
I’ve maintained every since seeing the first MasterChef ads with Marco Pierre White that his demeanour as a tough task-master shouting across the kitchen at frazzled chefs is better suited to Hell’s Kitchen than the MasterChef brand.
Australia fell in love with the show at a time when bullying judges were everywhere in Reality TV and it was a show that embraced its aspirants. Frankly, I don’t really want to watch someone shouting at me every night of the week.
White recently told me his approach to kitchen “service” differed from his more supportive mentorship outside of service, and he was nothing but charming at the time I met him.
I just wish those ads had showed more of that than the “rude prick.”
Time will tell if it was the right way to go…