Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection

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HarperCollins, Nov 7, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Everyone thinks they know the real Gordon Ramsay: rude, loud, pathologically driven, stubborn as hell

For the first time, Ramsay tells the full inside story of his life and how he became the world's most famous and infamous chef: his difficult childhood, his brother's heroin addiction, his failed first career as a soccer player, his fanatical pursuit of gastronomic perfection and his TV persona—all of the things that made him the celebrated culinary talent and media powerhouse that he is today.

In Roasting in Hell's Kitchen Ramsay talks frankly about his tough and emotional childhood, including his father's alcoholism and violence and their effect on his relationships with his mother and siblings. His rootless upbringing saw him moving from house to house and town to town followed by the authorities and debtors as his father lurched from one failed job to another.

He recounts his short-circuited career as a soccer player, when he was signed by Scotland's premier club at the age of fifteen but then, just two years later, dropped out when injury dashed his hopes. Ramsay searched for another vocation and, much to his father's disgust, went into catering, which his father felt was meant for “poofs.”

He trained under some of the most famous and talented chefs in Europe, working to exacting standards and under extreme conditions that would sometimes erupt in physical violence. But he thrived, with his exquisite palate, incredible vision and relentless work ethic. Dish by dish, restaurant by restaurant, he gradually built a Michelin-starred empire.

A candid, eye-opening look into the extraordinary life and mind of an elite and unique restaurateur and chef, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen will change your perception not only of Gordon Ramsay but of the world of cuisine.

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Review: Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection

User Review  - Alex Hughes - Goodreads

While I enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the life of a person I've enjoyed watching on TV, and respect the life behind it, I suspect that the book will not stand on its own. If you aren't ... Read full review

Review: Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection

User Review  - Leighanne Medina - Goodreads

I am a huge Gordon Ramsay fan, but this book almost turned me off a little bit. It was fascinating to hear about his life, but I was hoping to find the "gentle giant" in this book that I keep hoping is underneath his facade, and I was unable to find it. Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
7
AFTERWORD
273
INDEX
279
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About the author (2006)

Gordon Ramsay's radical career change at seventeen, from soccer player to chef, led to the awakening of exceptional talent. He is now the holder of an extraordinary ten Michelin stars, for his restaurants in London and New York, and is at the head of a food empire, with restaurants in places as far afield as Tokyo and Prague. He has produced a number of bestselling cookbooks, published a hugely successful autobiography, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen, and starred in a stream of successful television series, including the award-winning Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen on Fox. Ramsay and his wife have four children and live in England.

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