If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or if you know me in person, you’ll know I’m somewhat enamoured with Gordon Ramsay. I watch all his shows, have interviewed both Gordon and his wife, Tana Ramsay, and own several of their cookbooks.

So you can imagine my delight when my colleague presented me with his new cookbook at work the other day. Gordon Ramsay was in Toronto on a promotional tour for his latest book, Healthy Appetite, and he had just appeared on a television show at my workplace.

I clapped my hands in glee, but my colleague urged me to open the book. Inside, I found a personalized inscription from Gordon himself that told me “Well done on your bun in the oven.”

I bounded down the stairs (as quickly as a pregnant woman can bound down stairs) and hugged my colleague’s lovely girlfriend, who was the producer that made it happen for me. This is one cookbook that will never be blemished by an oil splatter.