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Interesting rise to success from very humble and difficult beginnings. Tells of Ramsay’s determination to succeed and his passion for good cooking. Not amazingly well written but a very interesting story, which includes the many great UK chefs that have benefitted from his association. Whilst we know Mr Ramsay expresses himself through the ‘f’ word, it’s annoyingly strange and rather contrived when used throughout the book to express his emotions when not in quotes, which implies (probably unjustly) that maybe he dictated the story. Written in 2006, it's interesting to observe the departure of many of Ramsays closest associates since.
I'd like to first say that I'm a big fan of Gordon and his style of cooking and general attitude to life, but I don't want this to impinge on my reccomendation for this book...
It's a great overview of a guy who's taken a lot of what life has thrown at him and really come out on top, but in places I feel it lacks in detail, it smacks of the kind of book that was written for the market, as opposed to being in depth - I'd love to know more about the recipes, and the ingredients he's worked with an enjoyed, but I guess with a life story, there's only so much depth you can go into.
A great read to get and insight into his life, and to really understand the obstacles he has overcome.
It's readable! I am probably partial because I do like the man (even if his latest shows are becoming a bit of a parody of themselves), I had the privilege to try some of his restaurants ( where he probably wasn't at the time!), so the book was a good read. Not a master piece or a revelation, but an interesting insight in his beginning.
Well, I`m about half way through the book and I have to say, I`m enjoying it. Ramsey had a tough childhood, which probably accounts for the fact that he does not suffer fools gladly! He makes no secret of the rivalry between himself and Marco Pierre White (who gave him his first break, but also a hell of a lot of grief, both mental and physical!)