Review: Yes, Chef! by Lisa Joy

 

Title: Yes, Chef!

Author: Lisa Joy

Published: Michael Joseph: Penguin March 2015

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Status: Read on February 26, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

A lighthearted chick lit novel, Yes, Chef! is Lisa Joy’s debut, inspired by her real-life adventures as a PA to a celebrity chef.

Becca Stone works in a small call centre fielding table bookings for a celebrity chef’s string of popular restaurants in London. She adores her colleagues, with whom she daily raids the chocolate store downstairs and celebrates ‘Sexual Harrassment Thursdays’, but the work is boring and the pay is lousy. Nearing thirty and single Becca knows she needs to make a change, so when she is chosen to fill in for Daniel Malone’s vacationing PA she is determined to prove herself to the celebrity chef.

It took me a little while to warm up to Becca, I thought her to be whiny and self centered to begin with. Eventually she proves she isn’t quite as shallow as she seems, she is smart and feisty just lacking in self awareness. Her love life is also a disaster, she is attracted to men for superficial reasons and ignores genuine interest in favour of men who do something for her ego.

Malone, who reminds me of Gordon Ramsey, is an egotistical boss who demands Becca fulfils his every whim, from sourcing dozens of unique plates from a Turkish bazaar at short notice to lying to his high-strung wife regarding his whereabouts and it’s not long before Becca’s dream job becomes a nightmare. She lets some of Malone’s attitude slide but eventually his sleazy, self-aggrandizing behaviour goes too far and she has to decide if the career she wants is worth the compromises she has to make.

The story is formulaic, not really offering any surprises, but an easy read. The writing isn’t quite as strong as it could be, uneven in places with weak transitions. Personally, I favoured the scenes Becca shared with her friends and colleagues from the call center. They are warm, funny and authentic and their banter is entertaining. The romance is fairly low key but I was happy enough with the way it resolved.

Yes, Chef! is a quick, light read about love, food and finding your path in life.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. writenote1
    Mar 08, 2015 @ 20:54:42

    I have similar thoughts to you.

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