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The Devil in the Kitchen

The Autobiography
Narrated by: Timothy Bentinck
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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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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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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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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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

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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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  • Mrs DR Pearson
  • 13-06-2020

What a story

Compelling read from the 1st word, to the last
An incredible journey, (though not yet finished) of someone’s life from a background of the most humble beginnings
A fiery character, but one who clearly cares, is principled and hard working, striving for nothing but the best, because why else would you bother
What a remarkable person Marco is.......

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2020

A remarkable story from a most remarkable Man!

As someone who has also retired from the kitchen, Marco's tale is one, I in particular can relate too. Born and raised in a Glasgow's East End and also lost a parent at six, he is and always will be our Lucifer "The light bearer" a brilliant told and enchanting account of one man's struggle too the top in the world's most popular and demanding industry!!!!

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  • Bubbles
  • 08-05-2020

title says it alll

wonderful insight to life of chef Marco Pierre White..much of the book tells of many things about restaurant Industry and many well known people within it...if you have any interest in cookery and restaurants this book will be of interest to you...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2020

inspiration til en ung kok

måden marco fremtryllet hver ret er utrolig og uden sammenligning.
Jeg vil altid holde denne bog kær i mit hjerte

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  • Aidi
  • 15-04-2020

Exceptional

A truly exceptional story of an exceptional man, told using wit and great story telling. It was read well and transported you to each place and time with ease. I have not enjoyed an audio book so much.

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  • David Bruce
  • 04-04-2020

A good-humoured insight into the life of Marco.

What are you Marco? WHAT ARE YOU??

I quite enjoyed listening to this lively narration.

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  • david
  • 20-03-2020

Took a punt, absolutely loved it

Didn’t know anything about Marco Pierre-White but he has an incredible story to tell. Great narration. Love the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2020

Brilliant

Great inspiration for a young chef, listening to this before I work gives me motivation for the hard day ahead