Chop Chop
Simon Wroe

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Narrated By: Daniel Weyman

Duration: 8 hours and 27 minutes

What to expect

Penguin Presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe, read by Daniel Weyman.

Two months behind on his rent, young graduate Monocle swallows his dreams and takes the only job he can find: the lowest-rung chef in a gastropub in Camden. Here he finds himself surrounded by a group of deranged, criminal hoodlums (his co-workers) and at the mercy of an ingenious sadist (the head chef, Bob). What follows is a furiously-paced, ribald, raucous and deeply touching tale of loyalty and revenge, dark appetites and fading dreams, and a young man finding his way in the world as he is plunged into the fat and the frying pan and everything else besides.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Cultural studies: food & society, Travel guides: food & drink regions, Cookery / food & drink etc

Listen to a sample

A greasy, hilarious tale of loyalty, revenge and dark appetites

Shortlist

Brace yourself for this lively, amusing and alarmingly informative novel

Daily Mail

Depicts the literal underworld of a restaurant kitchen with wit, vigor, and gleeful, necessary profanity

New York Times Book Review

Perfectly baked [with] a rich, gooey pool of dark comedy hiding beneath the surface. Despite straying into the realm of sabotage, blackmail and secret dinner parties serving stomach-churning illegal fare, Wroe's novel makes for fresh, appetising reading

Independent

A brutally funny look at the world of professional cooking. Sometimes the truth is so strange it needs to be sautéed in a pan of fiction

Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Furiously funny, fast, surreal. The heat and the profanity feel painfully real; the prose, masterfully stylized, definitely the stuff of fiction

Anya von Bremzen, author of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

Raucous and inventive, peopled with technicolour characters and savagely funny, Chop Chop announces Simon Wroe as both an heir to Martin Amis and an oven-fresh talent unto himself

A D Miller, author of Snowdrops

Confirms all your worst fears about professional kitchens in a debut novel that is dark, pungent, twisted, surprising and above all genuinely funny. If you enjoy eating out, don't read this book

William Sutcliffe, author of Are You Experienced?

Arch comedy ... Dave Eggers channels Anthony Bourdain

Kirkus

A complete page-turner. Reminiscent of Kitchen Confidential but with an entirely fresh voice that is a pleasure to read