Ross Burden

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Ross Kelvin Burden
Born(1968-12-16)16 December 1968
Died17 July 2014(2014-07-17) (aged 45)
Known forCelebrity chef

Ross Kelvin Burden (16 December 1968 – 17 July 2014) was a celebrity chef from New Zealand.[1] His early career was as a model and he became a chef later in life inspired by the time spent cooking with his grandmother.[2]


Burden's professional television career began after he reached the final of the BBC series MasterChef 1993. He frequently appeared on Ready Steady Cook[3] for at least eight years, filmed a healthy-eating video with Joan Collins, and made at least five series for Taste.

Burden published at least two books and wrote columns for two magazines. In May 2006, he appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars along with fellow chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli and Paul Rankin. In 2010, Burden judged the first season of MasterChef New Zealand with Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie.

Personal life and death[edit]

Burden was born in Napier, New Zealand,[4] and brought up in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. A self-taught cook, Burden hosted and was a guest on programmes across the world. He was once voted one of the UK's most eligible bachelors. He was gay.[5]

Burden died in Auckland on 17 July 2014 of an infection relating to treatment for leukaemia. In November 2014, it was revealed Burden had died of Legionnaires' disease due to the infected water supply in the hospital.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Chef biographies - B". BBC. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Ross Burden obituary". the Guardian. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  3. ^ [1] Archived March 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Celebrity chef Ross Burden dies - national". 20 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ "MasterChef star Ross Burden dies aged 45". 28 July 2014.
  6. ^ "The Memorial of Ross Kelvin Burden". H Morris Funeral Services. July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Former TV chef loses battle with illness at 45 - Life & Style - NZ Herald News". 23 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Ready Steady Cook star Ross Burden 'died from Legionnaires' disease because of infected water supply'". Daily Mirror. 23 November 2014.