by Sabrina Mahfouz
Chef tells the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope. Inspired by an interview Mahfouz conducted with celebrity chef Ollie Dabbous, Chef studies food as the ultimate art form taking stimulus from Dabbous's obsession with simplicity and making something the best it can be.
Reommended by NT bookseller Eve: "A moving story told by one woman: 'Chef', as she recounts her life like a list of daily specials from inside the prison kitchen that she runs. Sabrina Mahfouz's effortless lyricism whips through the grit and trauma of Chef's adolescence and the tragic relationships of the women around her, packing a powerful punch as the story of how she has come to find herself within the prison environment, unfolds."