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5.0 out of 5 stars Living the dream - however painful
We've all shouted at the telly "I could do better than that". We've all begrudged the daily trudge to the same office job. At some stage you've got to live your dream - and Lennie Nash does just that. Well he has a go anyway. A tabloid journalist and secret foodie, Lennie jacks in the day job to follow his dream of being a chef. He soon realises it's a younger man's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An insightful read
This book takes a fascinating and very honest look at the world of the professional chef, as seen through the eyes of the author. It tells of the difficulties of starting a new career in mid- life, as well as revealing the truth of those celebrity chef owned restaurants. All in all, a very entertaining and informative read.
Published 18 months ago by J E Hargan


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4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for sofa foodies, 23 Jun. 2013
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Great behind the scenes expose of what really goes on in restaurants. Fascinating and repulsive in turns. Ill never look at certain tv shows or chefs the same. Not sure I'm happy to have the magic slightly tarnished. If you like cooking, reading restaurant reviews or aspire to visit Michelin star restaurants you'll love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, 5 Jun. 2013
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An excellent read as a former Chef it brings it all back, the highs and the lows of life on the stoves, and the characters who inhabit professional kitchens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read !!!, 23 Feb. 2014
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I could not put this down. Excellent read. Very open and honest account of a quest to be a chef. I hope the author eventually fulfils his dream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 23 July 2013
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although I found the abrupt ending a bit odd. Felt a little like the author just went 'Oh I'm bored of this now'
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chef's life, 21 Jan. 2014
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as I am a chef myself have been through all the misery and got the tee shirt what a wonderful and funny read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, 25 Jan. 2013
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Could have done with dishing a bit more dirt on Blumenthal et al! Recommended read to anyone in the industry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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A great read for any aspirational chefs. An eye opener.
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1.0 out of 5 stars quitter gets break after break and doesn't realise how lucky he is, 6 July 2012
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Not only is this poorly written (lots of bits that aren't needed are included (telling us about SMS etiquette in a newsroom?), bits that are needed are missing ("I knew what I had to do")) it's basically the story of a guy who gets given golden opportunities and screws them up by either being precious, lazy, drunk or just basically a bit or a prick.

A hastily written final chapter gloats over the reader and offers nothing other smarm and underserved self-right­eousness.

Very frustrating to read.
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