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Summary

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

This is Gordon Ramsay's autobiography, the first time he has told the full story of how he became the world's most famous and infamous chef. He also discusses his difficult childhood, his brother's heroin addiction, and his failed first career as a footballer.

Don't miss our interview with Gordon Ramsay.
©2006 Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, London, UK

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  • Sonia
  • Milton Keynes, Bucks, United Kingdom
  • 19-11-06

Humble Pie - Wow!

This was my first choice on Audible. I thought it may be interesting and give an insight into a well known man. I was very surprised by the book. It is extremely well written and Gordon narrates well, there are moments when you can hear the emotion in his voice.

This book has given me a very different view of Gordon Ramsay. I actually thought he was loud, rude and insensitive. I was very wrong. This book not only details his childhood and his career, it gives a real feel for what makes him tick and how he has become the man he is.

I would thoroughly recommend it. I listened to it in one session and played it again later.

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  • Jim
  • Nether Poppleton, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 16-07-07

Eat It

Told in the familiar tones of the Ramsey we all know, I found myself looking forward to listening to this on the commute to and from work. It gives a good insight into Ramsey's difficult upbringing, his 'near miss' of playing with Rangers, his early career and the fishbowl that is the London restaurant scene. I felt he was pretty honest about his influences, good and bad, his lucky breaks and his dedication to perfection that drives himself almost to distraction. In the end, you come away thinking that for all the money and fame, he's chosen a life that's never going to be an easy ride.

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  • Joan
  • WatfordUnited Kingdom
  • 05-04-07

Yes, chef, I like it.

This is a great story, brilliantly well told and narrated by Gordon himself. His breathy, chatty style is just right for the content. The first f...... h... comes as a bit of a shock (I kept expecting him to be bleeped!) but it is no holds barred as he describes his tough childhood and rise to the top. Skulduggery and backstabbing in the kitchen and his views on other chefs provide laughs, but his total passion for food, and, indeed, life comes over clearly. Humble he ain't, but obviously very proud of what he has achieved, and quite right too. Very inspiring.

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Fantastic, shame it's abridged!

I'm a big Ramsay fan and really enjoyed hearing his story. Seriously inspiring guy, just shows life is really all about hard work. I just wish they'd have made an unabridged version, however as the book illustrates, he's a busy man!

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if your not a fan, you soon will be

I always admired his passion for what he does, after hearing the story in awe

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fantastic book!!!

loved this book....Great insight into the life of this great chef and all his business dealings. you really get to know him as a person and I will always reccomend this

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I do admire his passion and honesty.

Loved hearing his rise from nothing. He's inspirational for anyone in anything they want to do.

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Work to succeed.

An excellent listen. A person who's determination to get on paid success. The truth behind the man.

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Touching

This was very interesting, My parents thought that they knew the real Gordon Ramsay, stubborn, snobby and well off, but who knew the dark depressing past behind him, many abusive people, deaths pressure and even a background of poverty, I would recommend this book to anyone that is ok with vulgar, mild language

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brilliant

absolutely amazing. the h h u h u h y u y u u u you

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  • Tiffini
  • 16-04-10

Do wish it was unabridged though. . .

I am a massive Ramsay fan. He has such a passion, intensity and energy for his work it is incredibly inspiring. His story was so genuine and heartfelt and I absolutely loved it.
Also, not always the case when an author narrates their own story - I found his narration to be superb.

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  • Wes
  • 31-01-13

Humble Ramsay

A candid look into the early years of Gordon Ramsay. This was a great listen narrated by the author. Fingers are crossed for an Unabridged version.

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  • Charlotte
  • 16-03-12

Gordon Ramsay Revealed

What did you love best about Humble Pie?

Gordon Ramsay is so much more than his over-bearing, sometimes caustic personality. Listening to his story gave an understanding of why he is so driven and holds such high expectations. It also shows that he has just as big a heart as his personality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Humble Pie?

He lets us in to so much of his early personal life. His issues with his dad and how that shaped who he became spoke to me.

What does Gordon Ramsay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is so kind of a person and that doesn't always come through when you watch his shows. Also, that he is such a strong person who has overcome adversity to come out on top.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was lucky enough to be on a road trip and could listen to it in one sitting. I didn't stop as often as I normally would because I wanted to finish it.

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  • Jeff Harris
  • 07-08-12

Interesting Insight but Not a Tell All Biography

Would you consider the audio edition of Humble Pie to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but I would immediately answer yes. Gordon has such a unique way of delivering his thoughts that having him narrate his own book is what truly makes it entertaining and worth listening to. As with many, I enjoy when an author narrates their own book and this is no different. It felt like I was being told stories instead of reading a book about someone's life. I would have preferred to hear the unabridged version but it was still enjoyable. Some of his stories went into great detail while others just touched the surface: this was not a tell all autobiography as many would desire but it does give some background into Gordon Ramsay's life that otherwise would have been unknown to me. Being such a big fan of him, I was happy to get to know a little more about the real person he is.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed hearing about Gordon's childhood. In his most formative years he had to deal with issues that are not easy and often lead to people taking a very dark path in life, as was the case with his brother. To hear about how this helped fuel his passion gave a little insight into what makes him tick.

What about Gordon Ramsay’s performance did you like?

Gordon's performance was great and I think made the book enjoyable. Any other narrator would not have done it justice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Restaurant King

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  • Jake
  • 24-10-07

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening about the life of Gordon Ramsay told by Gordon Ramsay. I did not like that it was abridged... I want more detail.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Akita
  • 07-04-07

Hell's Kitchen!

If you respect one of the world's top chefs, you will enjoy Gordon's autobiographical account of his rise to stardom. Funny yet touching.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-18

Super

Engaging & well written. Always nice when author is narrator as well! Really enjoyed this book!

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  • N.W.Wisniewski
  • 12-08-18

enjoyable

Overall a good read. Chef Ramsey is a little difficult to understand at times but it's a good all be it sad background story about one of my favorite chefs.

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  • Kevin McNurlin
  • 31-07-18

eye opening

you definitely took a different route than some of the other books have read about people / listen to. I know it wasn't that big of an asshole a lot of that was for the cameras but a chef has to be a hard-ass otherwise he gets walked on. Good for you chef

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

Fantastic

this definitely left me with not only a higher respect; but also a greater understanding of Chef Ramsay !