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Marco Pierre White to retire from the kitchen

MARCO PIERRE WHITE, the original enfant terrible of British cooking, announced yesterday that he would be hanging up his chef's hat at the end of the year.

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Restaurants: Where shall we meet in Piccadilly?

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Wood is dead - long live shag pile

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Who's Suing Whom: Computer boys battle for the rights to Lara Croft

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Marco's Titanic: lawyers and PRs first

IN KEEPING with its name and its owner's reputation, the opening of the Titanic restaurant was never going to go smoothly. Marco Pierre White's latest venture is already at the centre of a storm that has been brewing for the last month.

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