The first ten years of your life. We remember snippets, moments that changed our life and shaped what we become. A decade of development, learning and rarely having a care in the world.
Manchester United fan Jonny Marsh loved football, his bedroom decorated by the club wallpaper. The lifelong fan would receive the home kit for his birthday with the away kit for Christmas. But another passion began sometime before his adoration for the Red Devils.
At just 18 months old his mother would occupy his time with something that would quickly escalate into a passion and then career. Football, however, would never leave, with the 27-year-old now a private chef to some of the biggest names in the Premier League.
“We used to bake,” recalled the culinarian known as ‘The Football Feeder’.
“If you met my Mum she would tell you this story where she said that I was a bit of a nuisance, so she used to tie me to a chair with an apron and make me mix cakes when I was 18 months old just to keep me still and that’s how it probably started.”
What started was his love of food. One that would lead him to making his own cakes at six and seven years old before leaping into cooking curries at home after school a few years later.
At 14 he was working at Raymond Blanc’s Le Petit Blanc in Manchester. From there he was approached with an apprenticeship and the opportunity of a lifetime by the renowned French chef to work at the two Michelin star rated Le Manoir.
Things were moving at a rapid pace much like a Ryan Giggs dribble back in the day. The apprenticeship came and went, his time served, his skills sharpened and his craft taking him on to cook for billionaires on yachts! Then came a call from a Manchester football club, but the ones in light blue.
Marsh now prepares personalised meals for many of the top Premier League footballers, which started with the all-stars at Manchester City.
“I did a little bit of cooking for the Man City chairman on matchdays and then City rang me to do Kevin De Bruyne’s Christmas one or two years ago. That’s gone fast! And from then on it snowballed from there.
“From the work that I did with Kevin, City rang me and said we’ve got other players at the club that we’d like you to work with and that’s how it all started really and that’s how it all snowballed,” he said.