I’m a huge (read huuuuuuuuuuuge) Gordon Ramsay fan, I devour all his TV shows- be it Masterchef U.S., Hell’s Kitchen, and my latest obsession 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
Yes, he is infamous for his swearing and temper. But there is no one else like him. The 16 times Michelin stars awardee (now holds seven), he is one of the best known and most influential chefs out there.
What can you expect from Gordon Ramsay’s memoir? Definitely nothing humble, you’d think. However, that’s not the case. Read on to find out.
Gordon Ramsay’s Humble Pie ~ Book Review
“I know how it feels to be in a corner, unnoticed and unloved.“
The book starts off with Chef Ramsay penning down his difficult childhood. His father was a cheating alcoholic and used his wife as a punchbag. He had to move homes across the country every couple of months, poverty loomed over the family and the little money they had was misspent on his dad’s singing career. This first chapter of the book was brutally honest and hard-hitting.
Chef Ramsay also talks about his love for football and how a grave injury screwed up his chances of continuing in Rangers. Though he had an affinity towards cooking, it was not his passion. Yet.
Chef Ramsay was also doesn’t hold back about his “war” with his mentor Marco Pierre White who is portrayed as a violent, domineering bully who intimidates and assaults those who work for him. We also come to know of how he tries to cheat Ramsay in is business.
What I loved most was reading about his struggles and working his way up in some of the toughest kitchens in the world, including a few in Paris where he learnt how to use the simplest of ingredients to produce gourmet food.
“Addicts are selfish; it’s always, ALWAYS about them.”
It was also truly heartbreaking to read about his sad relationship with his drug-addict brother Ronnie,the struggles and hardships he has gone through to help him lead a normal life. It’s pretty devastating to learn of a life led like that.
I can fully understand why people don’t like Chef Ramsay. He is portrayed that way through his TV shows and his Ill-swearing doesn’t help either. The book is no different. You can always find ‘fuck’, ‘bollocks’, ‘arse’, ‘shag’ throughout his book and strangely I could even hear his voice in my head as I read the book.
But I also have learned now why he is the way he is. Of course, this book is not an excuse for any of his behavior. He strives for gastronomic perfection. An OBE (Order of the British Empire, the most excellent British order of chivalry), he is a culinary genius.
Will I Recommend Humble Pie?
Definitely Yes. This is how a memoir should be. Honest and Straightforward.
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