The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Without question, the original rock-star chef is Marco Pierre White. Anyone with even a passing interest in the food world knows White is a legend. The first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars - and also the only chef ever to give them all back - is a chain-smoking, pot-throwing multiply- married culinary genius whose fierce devotion to food and restaurants has been the only constant in a life of tabloid-ready turmoil. In The Devil in the Kitchen White tells the story behind his ascent from working-class roots to culinary greatness, leaving no dish unserved as he relays raucus and revealing tales featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond, including: Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michael Caine, Damien Hirst, and even Prince Charles. With candid honesty and wicked humor, he gives us insight into what it takes to become a great chef, what it's like to run a 3-star kitchen, and why sometimes you really do need to throw a cheese plate at the wall.

 

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Eh. The territory has been covered by Bourdain who I think is a better writer and less bombastic. I didn't feel like I learned anything about or from White aside from the fact that he holds himself in very high regard. Read full review

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User Review  - E.J - LibraryThing

Well, this book managed to surprise me. I felt torn through the whole thing. I loved the descriptions of the food, and the way he prepared everything, and how he was in the kitchen. The rest of it ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Marco Pierre White was born in Leeds in 1961. After training in Britain's finest kitchens, he opened Harveys, which earned two Michelin stars and was London's most talked-about restaurant. From there, he went on to win a third star and build a gastronomic empire that includes many of the most acclaimed restaurants in the U.K. In 1999, he retired from the kitchen and handed back his Michelin stars, but he maintains his presence in the culinary world with Luciano and the Frankie's restaurants, among others. He lives in West London with his wife, Mati, and their three children. He also has a daughter by his first wife.

As a gossip columnist in the late eighties, James Steen phoned Harveys to speak with Marco Pierre White. A Maitre d' answered the phone and ranted on in a strong French accent about how White was "a monster, a crazy man, a lunatic to work for." The "matre d'," it transpired was White. The relationship went from there.

Steen, a freelance journalist, lives a short stroll from what was once Harveys, with his wife Louise, and three children, Charlie, Billy, and Daisy.

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