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The Devil in the Kitchen

The Autobiography
Narrated by: Timothy Bentinck
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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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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MPW

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.

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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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  • Martin
  • 12-03-2018

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
  • 29-11-2017

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
  • 18-03-2016

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
  • 18-11-2018

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
  • 05-10-2015

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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  • chris carroll
  • 15-08-2019

intriguing in the beginning

I was gripped by the first half of this book. the story of Marco's childhood and early training was fascinating
by the last third of the book I'd heard too many stories of marco telling customers to leave and it got a bit old and repetitive
the narrator sounds a lot like marco, which works for the most part, unfortunately he also impersonates every other character, which is quite cringeworthy especially when he is impersonating French waiters, posh Michelin inspectors and american customers
if you are a fan then go ahead and listen, as the "white heat" days of Harvey's restaurant are worth the listen
towards the end he comes across as a bit sad, and perhaps a bit weird as he cuts ties with nearly everyone in the early stories-eg Gordon Ramsay and Albert roux

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  • Amazonbb
  • 28-05-2019

Superb

Provides a fantastic insight into what was a golden era for the hospitality sector, absolutely recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2019

Outstanding!

I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this when I bought it although the subject pricked my interest. OMG I love this book. It’s simply a great engrossing story told in a totally accessible lovely way. I must say then narration is stunning once you get over it being the same voice actor as plays David Archer! The characters are fabulous and again well voiced. Anyone interested in food will find this a great read not to mention a pretty insightful self portrait of a real person including the good and the bad! I challenge anyone not to like MPW more by the end of the book. I’m writing this just having finished it and I’m honestly sad and slightly at a loss what to do I’ve enjoyed it so much!

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  • Peter Naudi
  • 05-12-2018

Brilliant!!!

Absolutely brilliant! Having worked on the kitchen for 20+ years I really felt this book. Once you start listening, it's hard to stop. One word captivating.
Timothy Bentinck did a fantastic job with the narrating, really superb.
Highly recommended listening, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2018

excellent

bought on the monthly deal and was suprised how much i enjoyed the book .. great read

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  • JS
  • 11-10-2018

Highly enjoyable!

A fascinating insight into a chefs world. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in food.

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  • Mr. R. P. Andrews
  • 03-02-2018

Very enjoyable with a dash of uphimselfishness!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Marco's life; an extremely dilgent, devoted and dedicated man and a true ambassador to the cheffing dynasty. I fully expected it to come across as ever so slightly up itself and it didn't disappoint, but then again a bloke of this calibre is probably entitled to a it of that so congratulations to you Chef. Thanks for a great listen and for sharing, narration was superb also.

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  • MR
  • 22-01-2018

Magical

Fantastic insight to becoming one of the top chefs
Enjoyed listening to the carry ons of working life in top notch kitchens in London
Marco has certainly earned his stars and his right to called one of the best true chefs we have.
Highly recommend it
I’m still smiling now thinking about his antics