You will understand Gordon a whole lot more after reading this book. Why he joined football aka soccer to start with, why he got into cooking (this was kind of shocking really to learn why) how horrible family life was to him, and what has driven him to this day to be the best of the best.
It's an amazing story and you'll never look at Gordon the same again (especially when you watch him on Hell's Kitchen..which when you read the book..you will find out has been signed on for 5 seasons! Two more seasons left!!)
What a great deal he has overcome! A wonderful telling of a rags to riches life that started with a horrible childhood. He has overcome so much to become who he is today. I feel I now more fully understand why he seeks perfection in all those he comes in contact with - why he is driven to succeed and wants all around him to succeed also.
I rarely read a biography almost impossible to put down. There is an honest way of writing there and you will learn about Gordon as a child until now and you really will understand what drove him to the top and keeps him reaching higher.
I now understand his temper and why he sometimes is the chef he is. There is a man that climbed from washing the dishes up to a multi millionaire. Worked his ass literally off in the worlds most famous kitchens, treated like a piece of you know what. The man is adorable inside and outside.
i love watching kitchen nightmares and hell's kitchen and find chef ramsay fascinating, so i was really interested in reading this.
in this book chef ramsay talks about his beginnings- and wow what a tale it is. he literally pulled himself up out of a family home of abuse and drugs and made himself a star.
he loved football (soccer) and that was his dream, until he was injured. so he began working in the kitchen to escape his horrible family life. he really worked his "arse" off and earned all of the accolades he's received.
i'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys him or wonders why he is so harsh and a tad crazy on his shows. his passion is real and comes from within.
If you are a Gordon Ramsay fan this book is a must have. If you are not a fan it's still a great read. There's everything in this autobiography. There's love, drama, sadness, broken dreams and fulfilled dreams. Here Gordon Ramsay tells all about his life and working his way to the top of the culinary field.
My favorite parts are when Gordan tells about his sad relationship with his brother Ronnie and dealing with Ronnie's drug addiction. Anyone who has had a family member who was involved in drug addiction could very well relate to all the ups and downs of these types of relationships and ultimately the heartbreak, when you realize as Gordon did, that sometimes you just cannot help those who do not want to help themselves.
Also, Gordan tells about his growing up with a father who wasn't a very good dad, who also was a terrible husband and who also wasn't the best role model. He tells this all without any self pity. Instead, he uses these experiences as a tool to deal with some of the worst tempered chefs in the world.
Another plus in this book is the several color photographs of Gordon and his family from him as a child up to the present.
Lastly, he tells of working his way up through some of the toughest kitchens in the UK and in France. He isn't afraid to name drop about those that have tried to make him go "tits up". Also, he gives kudos to those chefs that have helped him become the chef he is today.
Overall, a greatly fun read which I read in two days.
I didn't like this book at all as it strayed from its title, "Roasting in Hell's Kitchen". Of over 270 pages, less than 12 pages were regarding Hell's Kitchen". After reading the entire book, I find Gordon Ramsey to be an egotistical, obnoxious bully and would never eat at one of his restaurant's!