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.
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He's not the Devil that he makes out he is!
The honesty, intensity, passion and humour that runs throughout this book...
There are several that stand out, but dealing with the great British public was his forte!
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...
No, not at all as there was so much going on and I had to re-visit several times
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...
- John Hayes
Should have read it himself....
- Michael joseph hanly