Chef stunned by shock-jock s comments
Chef stunned by shock-jock's comments

One of the world's top chefs says he was stunned and offended during an interview with an Adelaide shock-jock.

Marco Pierre White, who stars in Ten's new TV show MasterChef Professionals was being interviewed by the presenters of Triple M Adelaide's breakfast show, including Dale Lewis, yesterday when the chat turned "wholly inappropriate".

White, who was at Austereo's Melbourne studios, walked out of the pre-recorded interview.

Austereo's management decided not to run the controversial recording.

The interview turned sour when Lewis raised the issue of White's three marriages.

Lewis asked if the marriages failed because White's wives could not cook or didn't like the chef's cooking.

"I just think of myself as being a lucky man that I found three women who wanted to marry me," White responded.

Lewis continued with: "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."

Although the interview continued, Lewis continued to offend White, who finally announced: "I think you should say good morning to me and goodbye because one, I take offense to being called that.

"I haven't shown you disrespect, I haven't been rude to you. I don't like being called that word. I'm very sorry."

Lewis apologised and said he was "just trying to have some fun".

"Your apology is accepted. Rudeness is not having fun when it is at the expense of another person," White said.

"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."

White said later that he was thrown "a bit off balance" by the comments.

"I thought why should people get away with this? Why should they be allowed to bully people? It's why I said what I said," the chef said.

"What's very sad is this is a radio show where children could be listening, and to use that sort of language in front of children is wholly inappropriate.

"This is my third time in Australia in eight months and this is the first time anyone has shown me rudeness or disrespect. I just excused myself and left."

The radio stunt that backfired comes hot on the heels of the Austereo drama in which Sydney 2Day FM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian were taken off air following the death of a nurse linked to their prank call about the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy.

The West Australian

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