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Publisher's Summary

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 and James Steen (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Exceptional

A must listen for any aspiring culinarian, a story of a mammoth in the food world narrated beautifully.

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loved it!
if you are related to food industry or like to know about Marco 's life I will suggest that this book is for you.

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  • Martin
  • 12-03-18

MPW

A really enjoyable candid observation of Marco’s relationship with all around him. From his humble beginnings to the lofty heights. Great story and very well read

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  • Pablo
  • 29-11-17

Marco is one of a kind.

I enjoy every second of it, he is man with a very deep character, I really admire him. Even here he won all the stars.

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  • Emil
  • 18-03-16

great insperation

greeat insperation for anybody working in a kitchen or any other foodloving person. recommend it a lot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-18

good

loved it.really good book.amazing experience reading it. at times I didn't want to put the book down thats how good it wes

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  • John Hayes
  • 05-10-15

He's not the Devil that he makes out he is!

What did you like most about The Devil in the Kitchen?

The honesty, intensity, passion and humour that runs throughout this book...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil in the Kitchen?

There are several that stand out, but dealing with the great British public was his forte!

Have you listened to any of Timothy Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not at all as there was so much going on and I had to re-visit several times

Any additional comments?

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...

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  • carreen
  • 17-12-20

I used to admire this chef....

Now I don’t. The story started off really well, then after becoming well known and winning Michelin stars he seemed to become a pompous ill mannered uncouth boor. How does one tip a plate of soup down a chefs jacket because the soup was cold? And then still brag about it? And that’s after HE stuck his finger in the soup to check if it was cold? Gross! The first thing to shock me in the book was how he slagged off his second wife. What a kiss and tell. Gentlemen don’t do that. Toad! Then he goes off and slags off Gordon Ramsey and his mentor Albert. And cuts ties with them. And slags them off again. This is obviously the story of a very sad man.

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  • love to cook
  • 27-10-21

interesting and amusing

it gives insight into the life of a Michelin chef and the harsh environment of their kitchens.

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  • Jozsef A.
  • 29-09-21

Perfect voice actor with great performances

Enjoyed this book very much - great companion to Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Humble Pie’ I recommend both books.

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  • Solitaire72
  • 28-09-21

Surprising

It popped onto my suggestions list whilst looking for some true crime biographies. I'm glad I bought it. the performance was excellent and the stories told about Marco are very amusing and interesting.

I would definately recommend this book to anyone.

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  • M. J. MccArtney
  • 12-09-21

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  • Michael McDonagh
  • 25-08-21

Couldn't put it down

Really fascinating for me to know what it's like inside a kitchen of a restaurant, to book is told really well and I kept thinking it was actually marco reading the story. Never got bored once and was gutted when the book finished.

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  • Big Phil
  • 29-07-21

I’m a chef!

Brilliant! Being a chef I can relate to this book. Chefs arse, salt & c*nt! Had me in stitches but ultimately I understood this misunderstood genius, thanks Marco!

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  • 22-07-21

dippy eggs

liked the cooking tips, enjoyed the passion for food and reaching the peak of his trade, didn't enjoy the naming and shaming throughout. never be a proud dickhead

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  • Fiona Jane Harris
  • 19-09-21

Best narration I’ve experienced yet

An interesting book about drive and obsession, although a little disjointed on the timeline at bits. The narration however made the book thoroughly enjoyable and brought Marco’s story to life!

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  • H. Anthony
  • 24-07-19

A SIDE OF MARCO NEVER SEEN

Thoroughly enjoyed this very entertaining and enlightening look into the life of a Michelin legend

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  • Anthony mc gaughey
  • 05-10-21

Bloody good

Was taken back by how I nteresting this whole price was, bloody good in every way

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  • poorboy
  • 26-08-21

Fantastic insight, Narrated brilliantly

This was a fantastically interesting read that enters you into the world of high pressure, professional Michelin standard kitchens. The narrator was fabulously engaging, the accents, inflections and pace were performed perfectly. It felt like I was listening to Marco Pierre White telling his life story over a long lunch, almost conversational. Such an interesting life story resulting in quite remarkable achievements. Having not known much about the restauranting world or the author's life, I was thoroughly captivated and highly recommend.

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  • David Schmid
  • 17-03-21

Great book!

Great content and fantastically narrated. Loved hearing Marco's story and the honesty he relates about the restaurant industry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-20

Interesting story. Excellent narrator

Fantastic narrator who's performance made the listening experience enjoyable.
Would recommend to anyone interested in cooking and after a laugh.

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  • Iwbar
  • 17-12-19

Mmmmmm..

Interesting story so far as listening to a persons life and deciding you would not go out of your way to get near him. Very self absorbed and one sided life.

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  • 24-07-19

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Enjoyed personal story of someone who relentlessly pursued their goal to be the best of the best.

I wasn’t aware until listening to this how profoundly successful he was - the first ever British chef to gain 3 Michelin stars, and the youngest in the world.

Great performance also, the narrator tells it like he was there.