Wednesday, 9 April 2014

So You Think You're a Celebrity Chef by Caroline James

Publishing 4th October 2013
What They Say:
Mix together…
 A tough-cookie media agent who’s clawed her way to the top, and a con-man who wants to open a cookery school.
Add in a washed-up celebrity chef whose career needs re-building…
Flavour with…
An aging rock star fresh from rehab, and a Sloane Ranger food writer who gets her own TV show…
Bring to the boil:
 At a Gourmet Food Festival, in Ireland, where anything goes!
When media agent Hilary Hargreaves travels to Ireland to look at a campaign for a new cookery school, she meets a blast from her past – the romantic but feckless chef Mickey Lloyd, who is hell-bent on resurrecting his flagging career. Her tough demeanour is rocked as it becomes apparent Mickey’s intentions involve more than a stint behind a stove in his quest to pursue her. But as plans for the school gain momentum, she realises that she’s developing more than a passing interest in reformed alcoholic Long Tom Hendry, who owns the crumbling old mansion where the school will be homed. Hilary has many ingredients to juggle with her demanding client list – which looks set to boil over if she doesn’t keep control. From London’s bustling Soho, to Southern Ireland and the sunny shores of the Caribbean, has Hilary got too much on her plate and is she really prepared to risk it all for love?
What I Say:
I would like to thank Caroline James and Lovehappyendings Magazine for sending me a copy if this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as I had read so many wonderful reviews.  I did see a quote by @shazjera (fictionaddictionbooktours) that this was AbFab meets Masterchef, Shaz was certainly right about that.
Caroline introduced us to a whole host of charming funny characters that have each a part to play in this story.
The main character Hilary is a media agent for lots of well known celebrity chefs, at first you think Hilary is an utter bitch, until you get into her character and find out a lot more about her, Caroline does this in a fun, revealing way. The book is set around her agency and subsequent trip to Ireland.
I loved Hilary's assistant Bob, he was a quirky easily loveable character that made this book so much fun to read.
From Caroline's writing you can see she has a geat deal if knowledge in this area, she made this story fun and a great read.
4 out of 5 stars
About The Author

Caroline James was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad.  Caroline has owned and run many related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction.
 Caroline can generally be found with her nose in a book and her hand in a box of chocolates and when not doing either, she likes to write, climb mountains and contemplate life.
She writes fun, romantic fiction and is a member of the RNA and The Society of Authors. She has numerous short stories published and writes a regular column for an online lifestyle magazine. 
Her first novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me...


  1. I love the idea of Ab Fab meeting Masterchef. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the review Jo!

    1. You're welcome, thanks for sending this to me x

  2. Thanks so much for the review Jo, glad you enjoyed So You Think You're A Celebrity...Chef? xx

    1. You're welcome Caroline, a pleasure to read xx

  3. Lovely review! Looking forward to reading this!


  4. Sounds like a fun read, Caroline! Thanks for sharing your review with us, Jo!

  5. What a great review for a great read! I love the mix of fabulosity and food! Thanks for sharing, Jo!

    1. Thank you for your comment and support Linn xx