If you have ever thought about becoming a Chef, Raymond's account of his career is a must read. Watching cooking shows and competitions along with making great meals at home has little resemblance to the hard life of being a Chef. Raymond's insider view of the realities and the journey a young cook must take to become a Chef are honest, insightful, descriptive and above all motivating. Until now there was little information to provide a real view into the business for aspiring cooks, this book should be required reading for anyone considering Culinary schools. Cooking is a vehicle for expressing love for others by delighting their pallet, lifting their mood, or soothing their pains. It is this passion that drives a Chef to endure the challenges that Raymond aptly describes. Raymond delivers a dose of reality, that every young culinarian should devour and will leave restaurant patrons a bit more thankful and in awe of the team behind their next great meal.