Tough Cookies

Tough Cookies

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Take four of Britain's top chefs, grill, add an unfeasible amount of hard labour, beat with some brutality, stuff with tenacity and season with a pinch of machismo. Tenderise all this with a splash of the farcical, sear with a dash of the cynical, drop in a twist of fate, stir with a passion and what have you got? In "Tough Cookies", Simon Wright lifts the lid on this heady mixture and reveals what it really takes to get to the top in Britain's restaurant kitchens. Through the very different journeys of Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal, Shaun Hill and Marcus Wareing, we learn that no matter how much natural talent or luck they have, no chef reaches the heights of their profession without an extraordinary effort of will. Mixing in his own experiences and musings on what makes good food and why it matters, Wright serves-up a rare insight into the reality behind putting good food on our restaurant more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861979754
  • 9781861979759
  • 1,953,196

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'Enough kitchen gossip to satisfy the most prurient foodie.' Sunday Telegraph 'Captures the authentic stench of the top flight kitchen, be it of sweat, blood or veal jus.' Observer 'Revelatory, principled and entertaining' Independentshow more

About Simon Wright

Simon Wright was editor of the AA Restaurant Guide until July 2002 when he resigned in protest because of the celebrated row over the rating of Petrus restaurant in London. He now works as a restaurant consultant for Optimum television, a freelance food writer and is a partner in Y Polyn, a pub restaurant near his home in Carmarthen, West more

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21 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
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4 48% (10)
3 19% (4)
2 10% (2)
1 0% (0)
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