Tough Cookies: Tales of obsession, toil and tenacity from Britain's culinary heavyweights

Tough Cookies: Tales of obsession, toil and tenacity from Britain's culinary heavyweights

by SimonWright (Author)

Synopsis

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 tables.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Edition: Main
Publisher: Profile Books
Published: 03 Apr 2006

ISBN 10: 1861979754
ISBN 13: 9781861979759

Media Reviews
Revelatory, principled and entertaining, this enjoyable book explains why so few of our restaurants are excellent and so many are mediocre. -- Christopher Hirst * The Independent *
[Simon Wright] has captured the authentic stench of the top flight kitchen ... a delicious tale. -- Jay Rayner * Observer *
Enough kitchen gossip to satisfy the most prurient foodie. -- Aileen Reid * Sunday Telegraph *
Author Bio
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 Camarthen, West Wales, where he can be found behind the bar and sometimes in front of it, but is rarely spotted in the kitchen.