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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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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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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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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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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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Brilliant

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

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Fantastic Service

This was purchased on a whim....

Loved it, what an amazing man, with such unbelievable commitment and talent.

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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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Superb

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

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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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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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excellent

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

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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.