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John Burton-Race
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Burton-Race, in 2009.
Born John William Burton-Race
(1957-05-01) 1 May 1957 (age 57)[1]
Education Saint Mary's College, Southampton
Spouse(s) Christine Burton-Race (divorced); 2 children
Kim Burton-Race (divorced); 2 children
; Susan Burton-Race ; 1 child
Culinary career

John Burton-Race (born John William Burton-Race on 1 May 1957) is a British Michelin starred chef, television personality and celebrity chef, made famous by the Channel 4 series French Leave and its sequel Return of the Chef and I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.


Burton-Race was born in Singapore, where his father was a United Nations official.[2][3] He spent his early years travelling, allowing him to experience food from all round the world. He attended Saint Mary's College, Southampton[4] in the UK.

Between 1983 and 2002, he held positions at various acclaimed restaurants in the South of England, including: Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Oxford; the L'Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire; and in 2000, he took over The Landmark London hotel, winning two Michelin stars.[5] In 1995 Burton Race joined an elite group of chefs as the winner of a coveted Catey Awardthe Oscar of the UK hospitality industry.

After a 1990 television debut in Masterchef, Burton Race served as food consultant for the BBC Lenny Henry series Chef!.[6] French Leave saw Burton Race move to France in 2002 or 2003. He returned to the UK to purchase and run a restaurant and hotel called 'The New Angel' in Dartmouth, a seaside town in Devon. It was awarded a Michelin star in 2005.

In 2006, Burton Race lost to Michael Caines when the pair were challenged to represent the South West of England in the BBC television series Great British Menu.[7]

In 2007, Burton-Race became a mentor on BBC cooking show Kitchen Criminals, and a judge of ITV cooking show Britain's Best Dish.

I'm a Celebrity[edit]

In November 2007, he appeared in ITV's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! During the series, he had a number of severe falling outs with fellow contestant Lynne Franks, as the two of them had such opposite and extreme personalities. He was also the camp's main cook, and disliked fellow contestant Janice Dickinson's refusal to eat certain types of meat, such as kangaroo, crocodile and possum. Burton-Race was voted out of I'm a Celebrity by the public on 24 November, the fifth person to leave the 2007 series. During his final chat with presenters Ant & Dec, he explained that as a chef, he had a very open mind with trying new types of food, and that was why he disliked Dickinson's refusal to eat the food he had prepared.

Subsequent work[edit]

In spring 2009, he appeared as a mentor on the ITV show Taste The Nation, a contestant on the BBC Two show Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is, and a contestant on Let's Dance for Comic Relief, dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

In summer 2009, Burton-Race appeared on the ITV daytime food show Daily Cooks Challenge. He was one of three judges on the daytime food show Britain's Best Dish (2007–2011), alongside Jilly Goolden and Ed Baines. He headed the celebrity kitchen at Grand Design Live in 2011.

Since leaving 'The New Angel' in 2010, Burton Race has joined his new management team Unitas[8] and has consulted for 'The Sanctum on the Green' in Berkshire and 'My Dining Room' in Fulham until the end of 2011. He also consultant for Kent Inns, YTL Group Malaysia and Boisdale.

In 2012 Burton-Race joined Adams Foods as Brand Ambassador and Executive Development Chef for Kerrygold and Pilgrims Choice and also entered the retail market with his CookedBy John Burton-Race brand.

In 2013, he competed in the new edition of BBC One series 'Put your Menu where your Mouth is' and is currently filming reality series 'Celebrity Super Spa' for Channel 5.

Personal life[edit]

He has two children by his first wife, Marie-Christine. He divorced her in 1995 having met his second wife, Kim, at a friend's wedding in the Caribbean.[3] They have two children together, and lived in a Georgian rectory in the village of Ashprington, near Totnes, with Kim's four children from her previous marriage.[9]

In March 2007, Burton-Race left Kim following an extended affair with artist Susan Ward, his agent's former personal assistant, with whom he has a son.[10] As part of a divorce settlement with Kim, Burton-Race was required to liquidate his assets, including the family home and 'The New Angel'.[9] Kim closed 'The New Angel' on 27 November 2007 whilst Burton-Race was in the Australian Outback on ITV programme I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.[11][12] The New Angel reopened a year later, after being bought by a friend, with Burton-Race back in charge.[13] Despite previous press reports of assets over £3 million,[9] Kim and John Burton-Race each declared themselves bankrupt in 2009.[14]

Burton-Race re-married in 2011 and lives with his wife and son, Suzi and Pip in Devon.


  1. ^ Researcha[dead link]
  2. ^ "John Burton-Race". Profile. Gordon Poole Agency. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Jay Rayner (27 April 2008). "'I could have slit my own throat but I didn't have the guts to do it'". The Observer. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ St Mary's College, Southampton
  5. ^ TV Chef in £3.6Million divorce, 8 October 2007
  6. ^ John Burton-Race at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Great British Menu, BBC
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b c TV chef Burton Race must sell seafront restaurant in £3.6m divorce, Evening Standard, 6 October 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  10. ^ Cheating chef walks out on his family for mistress and secret child, Daily Mail, 20 March 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  11. ^ TV Chef's Restaurant Closes Western Morning News, 27 November 2007
  12. ^ John Burton Race on TV when wife closed restaurant, 28 November 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  13. ^ New Angel to re-open, 21 February 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Celebrity chef John Burton Race goes bankrupt". Daily Telegraph. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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