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Ross Burden's early career was as a model but became a chef later in life. His inspiration for being a chef was his mother's extremely bad cooking skills, which meant that he spent a lot of time cooking with his grandmother.
Ross was brought up in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand and is a self-taught cook. He has hosted and been a guest on programmes across the world and was recently voted one of the UK's most eligible bachelors.
Ross’ television career began after reaching the final of BBC MasterChef 1993. He has been a regular on Ready Steady Cook for the past eight years, filmed a healthy-eating video with Joan Collins, and has made five series for Taste.
He has published two books and continues to write columns for two magazines. In May 2006, Ross appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars (UK) along with fellow chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli and Paul Rankin. In 2010 he judged the first season of MasterChef New Zealand with Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie.