Devil in the kitchen Paperback – 22 Aug 2007
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This book should serve as a primer to young men on the make (GUARDIAN)
The long-awaited autobiography of the archetypal kitchen bad boy - Marco Pierre WhiteSee all Product Description
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Don't make my mistake, this book is not to be missed. From the time I opened it at the first page until I had finished I couldn't put it down. It is well written and a fascinating account of a chef's life, albeit a pretty unique chef.
Someone who has won three Michelin stars, and is the youngest chef at the age of thirty-three to have ever achieved it, has to be a very unique person. The first British Chef to win three Michelin stars.
The start of the book takes you back to when Marco was just six years old and facing up to life after his mother's death, growing up in the male dominated world of his father and two older brothers. It then moves quickly through his formative years in Leeds, not particularly happy years, where his greatest pleasure was been able to escape fishing.
The heart of the book is of course the time at Harveys which culminates in his winning his second Michelin star before moving to open Restaurant Marco Pierre White at the Hyde Park Hotel in Knightsbridge where he wins his third Michelin star.
There is a lot more to the book than I have described. Even if you are not into cooking it is a great insight into the professional kitchen with its stress and anguish. It might also help you to understand what makes the greatest living British chef tick. Remember when he started on the road to becoming a chef he was not passionate about cooking it was just a job . . . he grew to be passionate.Read more ›
This book is absolutely incredible and compulsive reading. MPW talks about; his early life and the loss of his mother; how he started as a chef; his determination and drive to get three Michelin stars; his battle to win a libel case against two American newspapers and, perhaps best of all, some examples of his amazing temper. I was almost spellbound as I read about the time he held the owner of a mink coat to ransom; what he did with Albert Roux and a pig's trotter; and what he got up to in his office at Harveys.
There are times when he does show us a slightly softer and more sensitive side and who could argue with his ethos that, `no man can choose what he is born into, but every man can choose to better himself.' This man really is an inspiration, but that said, whilst reading about him was great....I'd be a little reluctant to work for him!
Marco himself remains a likebale enigma. He has been rude, unpleasant, violent even, and has the decency to admit it and explain why without offering excuses for his past mistakes. He appears awkward with women, understandably so since he wasn't brought up around them, and spent his adolescence in front of a hot stove. He is almost pathologically sensitive and proclaims his affection for a friend in one chapter before stating in the next "we havemn't spoken since". This has happened to just about every mentor and friend he has comes across and perhaps reveals a fear of getting close to anyone in case they leave as his mother did.Read more ›
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Absolutely amazing book about an absolutely amazing chef, I am amazed by this mans life and what he achieved. A delight to read.Published 1 month ago by Paul Sinfield
It is OK, but not compelling reading. But I am pleased to have bought it.Published 5 months ago by x
Eggcellent read an ex chef myself and marco was always an inspiration to me even did one shift in his yew tree inn great passion and fire! Now my wife wants to read it 😀Published 7 months ago by stephen
A great read, whether you are a chef or not. The man is a legend in my eyes. Britain's best chefPublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
A fantastic read. All I expected from Marco. Serious, funny, direct, driven and poignant.Published 9 months ago by Jcw
A fascinating insight into how anyone at all can get to the top of their game.Published 10 months ago by M. Hearsum