Title: Playing With Fire
Author: Gordon Ramsay
Page Count/Review Word Count: 300
If you buy a copy of this then you’re in for a surprise – it turns out that Gordon Ramsay is a competent and charismatic writer, and he’s got a knack for transporting you through time and space to the restaurants that he’s owned over the years. Perhaps it’s because he’s had so much practice from writing recipes – I can’t imagine Ramsay would be good at writing fiction, but his non-fiction is as vibrant and exciting as his television shows.
Here, you’ll learn about his operations, from his first ever restaurant to his expansions in to Europe and America, and it’s a testament to the chef’s skills as a businessman that you can actually learn from Ramsay’s mistakes and use it to inform your own career as a businessman, particularly if you’re working in the catering industry. As for me, I picked the book up on a whim after spotting it in a charity shop, and it got me so hooked that I’m going to search around for some of Ramsay’s other work.
Sure, there’s some occasional swearing in the manuscript, but that’s to be expected when you’re working with Gordon Ramsay – it’s as much of a trademark as his approach to catering, which blends good quality ingredients with reasonable pricing and a sincere dedication to customer service. It turns out that Ramsay isn’t quite as scary as he comes across on television – he’s a savvy businessman as well as a world-class chef, and it’s fascinating to discover how he partnered with his father-in-law to take the culinary world by storm.
So should you buy it? As the chef himself would say, ‘of course you fucking should’.