Scars of a Chef: One Man's Journey through Fire to Faith
New Insights into the Culinary World
Until I read "Scars of a Chef," I thought anyone who could follow a recipe could cook. IÃ¢ÂÂve persisted in this belief for years, though personal experience has told me differently. Perhaps I should have put two and two together: cooking is not an exact science, but rather a grand science experiment. Rick Tramonto (along with other chefs mentioned in his book) is an extraordinary food scientist.
I was amazed at the amount of work required to learn how to cook like he does. His story is fascinatingÃ¢ÂÂof studying for decades to become the master chef he is and of his spiritual development along the way. I may not be a foodie, but I learned much about them while reading this book.
And his testimony just about made me cry. I love learning the stories of how Christ draws people to Himself. These reaffirm my own faith and prompt me to pray all the harder for loved ones who havenÃ¢ÂÂt come to know JesusÃ¢ÂÂyet.
As a bonus, Tramonto closes each chapter with a recipe.
If you enjoy inspirational biographies, whether or not you cook well, I recommend this book to you! Thank you, Tyndale House Publishers, for sending it for my review.
March 15, 2011
I enjoyed reading Rick's life story and glad that he has more to go. Even when he wasn't a believer early in his life I can see God's hand in there! He had a rough time as a child, his parents home was very dysfunctional. Am glad that he did have the support of loving Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.
He is an over achiever, the amount of time he put into honing his craft, and the success he achieved. He is a very inspiring man, and willing to do all that he could to learn to be the very best!
I loved that the book included pictures, putting faces to the people that are talked about in the book. Also included are some yummy recipes though out!
A must read of any young aspiring chefs!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
March 5, 2011
The American Dream is still alive
It was like sitting with him looking over scrap books and old photos. Asking, "How did this all happen?" It is a wild ride through Rick Tramonto's life. A look inside of fine dining. Big chances, big egos, big money with only your name and reputation which can come crashing down with just one bad review. I am not a cook but found it fascinating to learn the ends and outs of this fast paced high stakes industry. Attitude and a tough skin is required. Chef Tramonto holds nothing back. He is not the clean kid doing everything right kind of guy. It is a true American story of rags to riches back and forth. From nothing to something to having to do it all over again and again. This book is an inspiration to us all.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing.
March 3, 2011
Scars of a Chef
I just finished Scars of a Chef by Rick Tramonto and was impressed. It was one of those books that wasn't great, it was just interesting. I had never heart of Rick and he is a well known chef, especially in the Midwest.
The synopsis of the book sounded like a good read, which it was. It was one of those books that held your interest throughout.
The story starts out with Rick's childhood struggles of being an only child with a strange blend of parents. He did drugs, alcohol, skipped school and was ejected from three schools because of fighting. He started at Wendy's as a high school dropout who later was diagnosed with dyslexia. He found his niche-loved the food industry and all it entailed. He had to support his mother when his father went to prison after being involved in the mob. The book details all his different jobs as a chef and the different places he worked and finally opening a four-start restaurant. The hours-he was a workaholic-were intense and the drugs kept up but he was so empty. He knew there was more to life (he was raised in the Catholic Church) and God kept trying to get his attention. He lost his marriage, business and had to start all over again. This time he let God direct him instead of the other way around. Fun to see where he started and how "sold out" for Jesus he got finally.
It was an amazing story and not just a story for one who likes cooking. There are recipes throughout the book from his restaurants. Showed me a whole new account into the restaurant world.
Thank you Tyndale for sending me this book for free just for my honest opinion.
February 26, 2011