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

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“There hasn’t been a food memoir this deliciously wicked since Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.”—Portland Oregonian
The Devil in the Kitchen
is legendary chef Marco Pierre White’s memoir of growing up working-class in Leeds and going on to become a king in the culinary world—the original celebrity chef. The first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars—and also the only one to ever give them all back—is known equally for his astonishing ...

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Overview

“There hasn’t been a food memoir this deliciously wicked since Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.”—Portland Oregonian
The Devil in the Kitchen
is legendary chef Marco Pierre White’s memoir of growing up working-class in Leeds and going on to become a king in the culinary world—the original celebrity chef. The first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars—and also the only one to ever give them all back—is known equally for his astonishing talent and for being a chain-smoking, pot-throwing enfant terrible of the kitchen. In The Devil in the Kitchen he takes readers on a revealing and raucous ride, featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond. It’s truly a decadent feast for anyone who loves food or just a great story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596914971
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 131,635
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Leeds in 1961, Marco Pierre White was the first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin starts. His gastronomic empire—Luciano and Marco’s restaurants, among others—is rapidly expanding to include ventures in Las Vegas, Shanghai, Jamaica, and Dubai, with more in the
works. Through he retired from the kitchen in 1999, White recently returned to the stove to serve as the host of Hell’s Kitchen. 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 maître 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 “maître 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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Table of Contents


Introduction: Another Day, Another Dinner     vii
Off My Trolley     1
Blue Skies over Leeds     5
Gambling, Greyhounds and Grief     10
I Delivered (the Milk)     17
The George     24
Black and White into Color     35
It Was Meant to Be     46
The Boss of Bosses     53
Dining with the Bear     64
Raymond Blanc: The Oxford Don     73
White-Balled     85
Coming Home     92
The Christening     101
Beautiful Doll     120
No Bill, No Mink     134
Banged Up and Butchered     148
Not a Lot of People Know This     157
The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me     164
The Dream Becomes Reality     171
Just Another Day     184
Everything I'd Worked For     196
Blue Skies over Leeds, Again     201
Rough Seas     205
Letting Go of Status     214
Life Without the Props     221
Acknowledgments     233
Recipes     235
Index     249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Great Chef, Lousy Storyteller

    Marco Pierre White may be a terrific chef, but he is obviously no storyteller or writer. His co-author and editor were no help either. Virtually every chapter had the same scenario: he starts at a new restaurant and that is when he really and truly becomes a chef. Tedious and boring. Jacques Pepin's and Anthony Bourdain's memoirs were far superior.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    love it

    this book gives you the background of what it takes to be a good chef and the struggles of mr. white's life to get there. enjoyed reading it from beginning to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Recomend

    Me as a chef I have read several chef memoirs. An i personally fully enjoyed this book. Yes the chapters seem to favor each other but that had no effect in what I thought. This book is great and very hard to put down.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    Not what I was expecting at all, but a very pleasant surprise!

    Having read Chef Gordon Ramsay´s other two books, I entered ¨The Devil In The Kitchen¨, unfortunately with a biased expectation of Chef White. Their relationship, reminds me of what I have always said about divorces, there are three sides to the stories, His side, Her side, and the truth.<BR/>Chef White´s book was very entertaining and very difficult to put down and I must regret, being a big fan of Chef Ramsay, a far beter read(sorry).<BR/>Their a couple of recipes in the back for the reade to experiment with as well.<BR/>I would suggest Chef White publishing a picture book, a collection of photographs only, that were taken in his kitchens. I would definately buy a couple, based upon the photos I had seen in his book.<BR/>And in closing, if you take this idea and run with it, Chef White, I would greatly appreciate a signed copy, haha.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Worth it

    An amazing read, getting to know more about a great chef and phenomenal sounding food!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Great

    Greaat read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    An Interesting look into the culinary world

    I enjoyed the book. It was eye opening. This is a must read. Thank you Marco for putting your life to paper.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Do not recommend

    It's unfortunate that a great chef such as White does not know what appeals to an American audience. Maybe we should blame his publisher who did not edit the endless and tedious references to the cruelties in the kitchen. Another problem is the English idioms that left me puzzled and perplexed. I've read every chef biography that I can get my hands on. This was my least favorite.

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    Posted May 2, 2012

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    I read the sample and i think that it is a very nice one because it comtains a lots of subjects and basics that is transformed into a fiction ..it is just unbelieveble .well i launchimg this message to have a lot of friends who i will be able to share our lobe for reading my name is rokhaya yague and thank yo
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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    great book

    great book

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