Celebrity chef and bouillon cube shill Marco Pierre White is selling off four of his gastropubs. According to the Eastern Daily Press, Pierre White purchased the businesses — all located in Norfolk, England — in 2011. The chef bought the The Wayford Bridge Inn, the Norfolk Broads, the Chequers Inn, and the Lifeboat Inn in a multi-million pound deal and re-launched them under his Marco Pierre White brand.
The pubs themselves are apparently doing well and are "popular venues with a healthy number of bookings," but Pierre White was allegedly owed more than £1 million ($1.5 million USD) on the properties. Disgruntled staff tell the Daily Mail a different story, however. They claim that "suppliers had been let down and bills [were] left unpaid" and that the pubs are experiencing a "short term cash flow" issue. Sources tell the Daily Mail that together, the chef will probably receive receive £10 million ($15.3 million USD) on the sales of the pubs.
Even though the chef retired from professional cooking in 1999, he still owns a number of restaurants. And similar to the four gastropubs, not all of them are running so smoothly. Last year, his restaurant Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Birmingham, England received the worst possible food hygiene rating from the health department.