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Raw is the only word I can find to describe this piece. A journey through what many experience but are not brave enough to reveal . . . the dreams, the disappointments, and the ultimate triumph are so vividly recalled it’s as if Rick were sitting across the room speaking directly to you. A must-read for anyone who has ever wondered if their past truly defines their future. (Charlie Trotter)
Scars of a Chef is a page turner—not just because it details Rick Tramonto’s troubling times or glamorous moments but because of the deep honesty with which Rick shares all of his life with us. Rick is one of America’s most talented chefs; passionate, dedicated, and committed to the highest level of culinary art. And like any great artist, Rick is a complicated person with all the scars to show for his pain and passions. As we see him rebound and triumph even as his life takes new turns, we, too, find hope to dream new dreams. (Michael Lomonaco, Executive chef/partner, Porter House New York)
Rick candidly shares his life journey as a person and a chef. This book is a true testament to his love of the kitchen and determination to succeed. (Emeril Lagasse)
Scars of a Chef looks deep into the soul of an iconic American chef. Rick Tramonto is both brutally honest and open in his tale of how he beat the odds in life and saved himself and his family. A beautiful testament to love. (John Besh, Chef/owner, Besh Restaurant Group)
This book gives young chefs a peek into what it really takes, not only to be a great chef, but to be a great person. (Michael Symon, 2009 James Beard Award, Best Chef: Great Lakes)