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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007259883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007259885
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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'A truly inspiring read that makes you realise if you want something enough, it's there for the taking.' The Sun

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‘Gordon Ramsay’s Humble Pie – so exuberantly angry boastful, cliche-ridden, expletive-laden and touchingly sincere that I can’t believe that a single sentence has been written by anyone but the failed footballer, great cook, telly star and businessman himself. He’s the genuine bollocks, as he’s so fond of saying, and this is the tale of his personal class struggle.’ – The Observer

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‘I cannot recommend strongly enough that every BII member reads it… The book is an inspiration. Anybody running any kind of business will benefit from reading this.’ BII Business magazine

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In his no-holds-barred style, Gordon shares his passion for risk and adventure and his hard-won success secrets.
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By Deb on 27 April 2017
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Not a huge fan of tv Gordon but as a business man you have to admire him. Good read recommended.
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I like most had read the first book 'humble pie' which is the story of the man himself and was a fascinating read.
This second book 'playing with fire' is a book about his buisness ventures. ie. How he set up his restaurants, got the finance, expanded his empire and all the buisness dealings. I really enjoyed this book as the business side of things really interested me. However this second book is clearly going to appeal to a smaller market than his first. My wife who loved the first wasn't interested in reading this one for the same reasons that I liked it.
In summary a good read if you like books on successful business stories not so good if you are after another autobiography.
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In reading "Gordon Ramsay's Playing with Fire" I was given an interesting overview of the eponymous authors take on the business world. This is set out as a more detailed autobiography on the lessons learnt in business and is a rich canvas of detail, written with passion and adroit execution.

We learn of the incredible growth of "Brand Ramsay", or more correctly "Ramsay Holdings" from its genesis on Royal Hospital Road through to the hospitality powerhouse it has now become.

For me the most interesting aspects of the book involve Ramsay's partner and father-in-law Chris Hutcheson. Ramsay is generous in affording due credit to the business acumen of Hutcheson which, it transpires, was as pivotal in Ramsay's success as the talents of the expletive laden chef himself.

The narrative of Hutchinson's actions, diligence and drive in business adds colour and texture to story of stellar growth. This book is indeed about business, but I think the ghost-writer also deserved credit in that he makes the subject interesting to those who would normally choose not to venture into this field of reading.

I respect Ramsay for admitting his entrepreneurial mistakes and he shows more humility than some would expect. Unfortunately this refreshing honesty is seemingly always tainted by an incessant need to personally abuse some individual also associated with a failure, a person that Ramsay has no doubt broken contact with.

For example, when referring to an ex member of staff Ramsay refers to her as a "fat, self-contented moose". Now it is up to him who he insults, and even though he doesn't mention this person's name, there will be people who know who she is, but she cannot commensurately defend herself.
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I must say not being a big fan of Gordon Ramsay, I picked up this book in a holiday cottage to read, and found I could not put it down. I didn't finish the book before my brief stay away, hence buying this copy.
I found it a very good read into his career highlights and failures, I like the way he acknowledges his great team of staff, his sense of humour at we see every time we dine out, the bad things he sees and comments on. All in all a good easyread
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I'm not in the restaurant or food business, so perhaps a lot of the things he says and does here are blindingly obvious to anybody in that branch, but I thought it read as a pretty good manual of what to do and what not to do when opening a restaurant. Much of the advice can be applied in other areas as well (and what a shame most businesses don't!)

The style is Ramsay's usual straightforward one (so if liberal amounts of swearing bother you, don't buy it!) and he comes across as very down to earth. He gives the impression that he owes a lot of his success to his father-in-law, but isn't afraid to give credit where it is due and admit to his own mistakes.

It's a very quick and easy read, and fans of Ramsay will love it. I think I'll be picking up the other parts of his autobiography.
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Great read, Gordon Ramsey at his best. Helps to understand his life up to this point. Highly recommend to everyone
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I read with interest and enjoyment Gordon Ramsay's insight into his business practice and acquisitions. It read well, and what he said made a great deal of sense.Gordon does not need a PR company,he is able to promote himself quite easily without their help.The book gives a good insight into the world of high end eating, and the skullduggery that is known as business practice. I have read that Gordon fell out big time with Chris,his father in law, and I look forward to reading his angle on that affair, and how it came about because they do seem a very successful pair who have created an empire that has the potential to go on and on.
Good read,and another example of a focussed approach can produce results.
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