The Devil in the Kitchen

Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef
Narrated by: Timothy Bentinck
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Without question, the original rock-star chef is Marco Pierre White. Anyone with even a passing interest in the food world knows White is a legend. The first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars - and the only chef ever to give them all back - is a chain-smoking, pot-throwing multiply married culinary genius whose fierce devotion to food and restaurants has been the only constant in a life of tabloid-ready turmoil.

In The Devil in the Kitchen, White tells the story behind his ascent from working-class roots to culinary greatness, leaving no dish unserved as he relays raucous and revealing tales featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond, including: Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michael Caine, Damien Hirst, and even Prince Charles. With candid honesty and wicked humor, he gives us insight into what it takes to become a great chef, what it's like to run a three-star kitchen, and why sometimes you really do need to throw a cheese plate at the wall.

©2006 Marco Pierre White and James Steen (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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A chef / restaurateur must.

The book is not only funny and interesting it will well up strong, usable passion.

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Maniac hero chef.

I loved reading Marcos tales of the solid hard work that is normal in British kitchens. His drive to be the best and his path getting there were so interesting. Having lived and worked in London in kitchens in the 80's , he shares the truth albeit raw and nasty. This is a great read for anyone going into this profession and people who love food'

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Amazing story!

I was listening outside my normal times because I don't want to stop. An amazing man with an amazing story.

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Obsession with Michelin stars

Obsession with Michelin stars and with restaurant perfection invades all aspects of this creative person's life. Not a likeable character. Yet we follow his struggles.

Protagonist could have used a ton of therapy.

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Cookin' Narration

There's not a lot to like about Marco Pierre White, other than his cooking. For example, White is annoyed at Gordon Ramsay for attending one of White's weddings with cameras, but capitalizes on Ramsay's popularity by writing about him throughout the book. I suspect to know White Is initially exciting, followed by exhausting, before a pouty fallout.

Timothy Bentinck's narration succeeds twice over. First, many narrators base their non-fiction style on a crude version of early talkie film newsreels, which makes any subject incredibly dull if listened to for hours. Bentinck avoids that and provides an interesting listen. The other skillful thing he does is humanizes White and even makes him sympathetic at times. Timothy Bentinck is definitely going on my list of preferred narrators.

The story excited me about quality food. While reading it, I bought a knife sharpener and fine brunoised vegetables to recreate a delicious lunch I had at a stall in downtown LA. At least three of the four stars is for inspiring me to eat flavorful and quality foods. It definitely succeeded there, if that was one of the goals.

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FABULOUS NARRATOR /wonderful character

Would you listen to The Devil in the Kitchen again? Why?

I LOVED THIS BOOK!Marco is such a fascinating character and it's a story well told but the real star here is the narrator Timothy Bentinck. A perfect match for Marco's voice and energy. I will listen to everything he does. Great job,Tim!!! Bravo and good accents!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marco,of course.

What about Timothy Bentinck’s performance did you like?

Everything. His ability to own the written words as his own. His vocal characterizations of other characters..I'm a professional voice coach and he executes the narration perfectly. I am blown away. He is more Marco than Marco! Amazing

Any additional comments?

Marco must be so happy with your work,Tim. Flawless.

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A wonderful read

Absolutely the best book on food, chefs and cooking I’ve come across. Anytime you can become a part of passion and excellence, which Marco certainly possess, you appreciate the experience. Well done.

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Amazing

I really enjoyed hearing the store of one of the greatest chef brilliant and motivating

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interesting insight

into an otherwise isolated world. Compelling story pretty well told. There were a few jarring mispronunciations but that happens with jargon, especially when it's in a couple of languages

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must have

the real deal behind the burners , complete with life lessons by the man himself