Television presenter to become a partner at Ilkley restaurant where he trained

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Simon Gueller (left) and Marco Pierre White at the Box Tree Simon Gueller (left) and Marco Pierre White at the Box Tree

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is making his return to Ilkley as a partner at the restaurant where he trained.

The Michelin-starred chef, famous for his fiery temper and dubbed the enfant terrible of the UK restaurant scene, is returning to his spiritual home at Ilkley’s Box Tree restaurant.

The television presenter has gone into partnership with Box Tree owners Simon and Rena Gueller, and is expected to set foot back in his old haunt very soon.

The Leeds-born chef originally started work as a teenager at the Box Tree in 1979, before moving on to train under big names in London.

Mr Gueller said: “Marco and I go back a long way, and with Marco cutting his teeth here at The Box Tree, he’s always thought of the restaurant as his spiritual home.

“We’re looking forward to working on exciting and innovative projects with Marco, both here at the Box Tree in Ilkley and with our Box Tree Events, our very successful outside catering business.

“Yes, we’ve got ‘T’s to cross and ‘I’s to dot, but it’s going to be fun, exciting and we can’t wait.”

The Box Tree itself, on Church Street, is Michelin starred and is known as the town’s premier eatery.

The restaurant’s owners say Marco shares their passion for excellence and consistent high standards and say the announcement heralds exciting times for one of Yorkshire’s most-renowned restaurants.

Marco will be joining Simon and Rena at the Box Tree this month to launch the first project.

The chef, whose television fame includes ITV show Hell’s Kitchen, paid tribute earlier this year to the former owner of the Box Tree, the ‘formidable’ Helen Avis.

He described Madame Avis, as she liked to be known, as one of the greatest people ever to walk the streets of Ilkley.

In 2007, he named the Box Tree as his favourite restaurant in Britain, during a visit to the kitchen where he learned his trade.

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8:44am Thu 7 Oct 10

Up with the partridge says...

Marco Pierre?? whatever next. Do they mean Mark from Leeds?
Marco Pierre?? whatever next. Do they mean Mark from Leeds? Up with the partridge

9:29pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Willard says...

Nice. Can tha make a decent Yorkshire puddin' or is it just children's portions for adults.

I am gald that the box Tree is there, but I am happy with fish and chips from Olicana or a curry from Kashmir in Bradford.
Best of Luck Box Tree. I hope you keep showing the southerners that we have better cuisine up hear than just whippet and chips
Nice. Can tha make a decent Yorkshire puddin' or is it just children's portions for adults. I am gald that the box Tree is there, but I am happy with fish and chips from Olicana or a curry from Kashmir in Bradford. Best of Luck Box Tree. I hope you keep showing the southerners that we have better cuisine up hear than just whippet and chips Willard

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