When Marco Pierre White's mother died when he was just six years old, it transformed his life. Soon his father was urging him to earn his own keep, and by 16 he was working in his first restaurant. White went on to learn from some of the best chefs in the country, such as Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffmann.
He survived the intense pressure of hundred-hour weeks in the heat of the kitchen, developed his own style and then struck out on his own.
At Harveys in Wandsworth, which he opened in 1987, he developed a reputation as a stunning cook and a rock 'n' roll sex god of the kitchen. But he was also a man who might throw you out of his restaurant, and his temper was legendary, as younger chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal would find out when they worked for him.
He eventually opened several more restaurants, won every honour going, and then realised that it still wasn't enough.
Here, Marco takes the reader right into the heat of the kitchen with a sharp-edged wit and a sizzling pace that will fascinate anyone brave enough to hit "play" on this book and enter his domain.
©2007 Marco Pierre White (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
"He's not the Devil that he makes out he is!"
The honesty, intensity, passion and humour that runs throughout this book...
There are several that stand out, but dealing with the great British public was his forte!
At first I was not sure, but he does a very good job, in fact he was really good and his various accents were brilliant...
No, not at all as there was so much going on and I had to re-visit several times
Marco is a great character, full of energy (Well he was then) with a great sense of fun and humour as well as his determination which was manic.
If you want to be a good chef kiss goodbye to the family life...
Looking forward to his new series on TV starting this week 5/10/15...
I thought it was a great book, well read and nice insight to a very interesting and controversial man.
"what a journey what a read"
A can't put it down kind of book, an amazing honest frank account of a true superstars roller coaster life.
"well worth a listen if you are a Fan of Marco"
loved this. been a fan of Marco since he presented series 3 and 4 of Hells Kitchen UK and also watched The Great British Feast.
this book takes us back to the beginning of his life in Leeds and the journey to London. many stories in this book you wouldn't think happened when you look at the man he is today. the amount of customers he asked to leave his restaurant makes you wonder how he achieved his first Michelin Stars only because he wasn't in the kitchen cooking while he was asking people to leave. I'm sure you'll agree he had good reason!
a fantastic read. even better on Audible. Timothy bentinck does great job.
go on treat yourself with The devil in the kitchen
This book was interesting all the way through and keeps you wanting to listen that bit longer. It also taught me I was frying eggs wrong. Excellent audio book and would strongly reccomend.
If you are interested i n the top flight of gastronmy this is for you. Someone had said the story teller is Marcoesquie and they are 100percent correct. An insight to what made him great, a truely human story.
I am keeping this could listen again. It was amusing interestofascination insight into Marco. Always a favourite chef of mine and it brought his genius to life. Narrator was excellent and I eventually could picture Marco himself. Surprises throughout. If you like cooking and Marco it's a must read if not I would still rate it as funny and entertaining in many ways
Very rare to find anything close to this book.
Inside information about the real life in the kitchen and what man capable of if really want to go somewhere in this business.
I'm going to listen again and again till I find better.
"for every chef to read"
the story of Marco is amazing and as a chef I found every spare moment to keep listening the storyies are awe inspiring and the voice has a great tone with similarity to Marco himself 5* all put loved it
"He's no devil"
I'm interested in the culinary arts and Marco is one of the few real masters of his trade. It was great to hear of his early career and his experiences. They reminded me of my time working in kitchens.
Marco - It's his autobiography afterall :)
All of it.
I wouldn't make a film about this book.
Great book about a great personality. Captures the kitchen atmosphere brilliantly.
A little slow at first but stick with it, it comes good.
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