White earned his reputation though as the youngest chef to be ever awarded three Michelin stars.
White joins a host of other well-known chefs including Chandra Yudasswara from Indonesia and former Masterchef contestant and TV cooking presenter, Justine Schofield along with Scott Brannigan, Anna Gare, Paul Iskov, Don Hancey, Sophie Budd, Kenny McHardy, Russell Blaikie, Stuart Laws and Vincent Lim.
Mr Papalia's comments were backed up by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan who said WA's growing reputation for having fresh produce, premium wines and high quality boutique beverages "makes us a foodie's paradise".
Being able to encourage great chefs to the region to celebrate fine wine and food, craft beers, spirits, local produce and crafts, along with cooking demonstrations and wine seminar sessions, helps promote tourism to the Great Southern.
Marco Pierre White became Head Chef and joint owner of Harveys in London when he was just 24 years old and his kitchen staff included a young Gordon Ramsay.
By the age of 33, he had been awarded three Michelin stars.
White's training began in the kitchen at the Hotel St George in North Yorkshire and the Box Tree in West Yorkshire.
Along the way his team included Gordon Ramsay, Eric Chavot (The Capital), Heston Blumenthal (The Fat Duck), Bryn Williams (Odette's), Matt Tebbutt (The Foxhunter), Robert Reid, Thierry Busset, Jason Atherton, James Stocks and in front of house Max (Mark) Palmer, one of the few English Maître d' of a Michelin three-star, Claude Douart, Philippe Messy (youngest sommelier to gain three Michelin stars) and Chris Jones, unusual in being an English sommelier in a two-star Michelin French restaurant at the age of 21.