In Eating my Words, Gill Watson takes us on an extraordinary journey of 14 months in the life of a Private Chef.
While cooking for the rich, the famous and the incognito Gill keeps a diary and records the crazy lives of her employers while wondering where her own life is going and what the root of her dissatisfaction is.
Gill is hounded by the financier Peter Soros, fired by Pierce Brosnan and fears for her safety when working in America for a top-secret employer who ‘accidentally’ shot his last chef.
Back in London and working for a supermodel, Gill learns that her brother has been found unconscious on a street in Spain. She is told his chances of survival are small and so returns to Lancashire to comfort her mother. Over the next week, while they wait by the telephone, Gill and her mum talk about the past; the hard times and the good.
Through these conversations it becomes clear to Gill what she has to do – and it’s not cooking. So when the supermodel calls to ask, “Why are you not here to make my dinner if your brother is in a coma? It’s not as if he knows you are there.” Gill no longer has to fear that her reply may cause offense and end her career. Because she no longer cares.
The tale of Gill Watson’s action-packed 18 months as a private chef, cooking for the rich, famous and very badly behaved, is sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy and all the time a foodie’s handbook. Watson’s ballsy and racy style is softened by her humour and self-deprecation and I found her account of catering for ego maniacs more interesting than Anthony Bourdain’s account of the New York restaurant scene.Prue LeithRestaurateur, caterer, television presenter/broadcaster and cookery writer.
NON FICTION 110,000 words with menus throughout