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4.0 out of 5 stars A difficult story but a good read, 26 May 2007
This review is from: Humble Pie (Paperback)
Reading this, you do start to wonder why he wrote it. Was it to shake the demons of his family and his poor past? Was it to justify himself against the critics who take delight in knocking his achievements? Is it point scoring over the other 'celebrity' chefs that he dislikes? Is it meant to inspire other people to scramble their way up through hardship and heartache? Or has TV gone to his head?

Whatever the reason, it's an engaging and interesting read. Is it all true or is there some spin? Were all the jobs as bad as he makes out? Maybe, maybe not. It makes a good story though, and it will keep you reading from football trials, through his apprentice days around Europe right up to his TV and multi Michelin star days of today. Well written as well, with a certain amount of soap box but not too much. And a certain amount of self aware humour - telling us how his wife used to buy Jamie Oliver cook chills, you can almost hear his teeth grinding!

If he'd managed to give you enough insight to understand why he wrote this, it would have been a 5. But you still sense that he could have gone further in opening up. Not many recipes or pictures of food either :)
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