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White: 'Burnout was like the Titanic'

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Marco Pierre White in Marco's Kitchen Burnout

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Marco Pierre White has revealed that the contestants on his new show Marco's Kitchen Burnout struggled to succeed.

White told the News of the World that the programme, which features 12 celebrities working in restaurants, is harder than other similar competitions.

"It's much tougher than Hell's Kitchen," he said. "There's nowhere to hide. The tasks become progressively harder and you see the tears. It was mayhem."

He explained that most of the celebrities found the contest difficult, saying: "It was like watching the Titanic sink. They went down without a trace."

White dismissed claims that he flirted with Nancy Dell'Olio on the show, but said that there was "no chemistry", and revealed that she had started a fire in the kitchen.

He added that Donna Air was a "grafter" and Elen Rives was a "hard worker" but described Carol Smillie as "blinkered" and claimed that former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie floundered in the kitchen.

"In the middle of service he said, 'Marco, the food's coming back quicker than I can serve it'," White continued. "He can deliver four million newspapers and was the genius of Fleet Street but he can't serve 25 diners."

Marco's Kitchen Burnout starts on Friday at 9pm on ITV1.

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