Burton Race is a Michelin starred chef, restaurateur, author,
and media personality.
Born in Singapore in 1957 to a British diplomat father, John
Burton Race spent his early years travelling the globe with
his family. This exposed him to a variety of tastes and flavours
that continue to influence his style to this day. John learnt
his trade at several top restaurants including Quaglino’s, Hotel
Meurice London, Chewton Glen and La Sorbonne.
In 1983, John Burton Race landed a role under the renowned chef
Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. He was soon promoted
to sous chef. When Raymond opened Le Petit Blanc in Oxford,
he turned to John to head the restaurant and the kitchen. It
was here that John won his first Michelin star.
In 1986, John fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening his own
restaurant, L’Ortolan in Berkshire. The restaurant was awarded
two Michelin stars, an achievement John repeated at John Burton
Race Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel in 2000.
In 2002, John took a break from restaurants and moved to France
for a year to rediscover his love of cooking and embrace a slower
pace of life. Channel 4 jumped at the opportunity of making
a TV programme based around this sabbatical. The result was
the successful television show French Leave that made John a
household name. After a year of living and breathing all things
French, and inspired by what he had seen and learnt, John returned
to the UK and opened The New Angel in Dartmouth, Devon in 2004.
This was awarded a Michelin star in 2005, and retained it until
his departure in 2010.
Last year John Burton Race opened The New Angel in Notting Hill
which, within its first year of opening, was awarded three AA
Rosettes, and was voted into Harden’s Top 10 new openings 2015,
and OpenTable’s Top 100.
John Burton Race is the author of several cookery books, most
recently Flavour First published in 2008, and Cooking for Beginners,
which he co-authored with Chef Angela Harnett.
Race currently lives in Devon with new exciting ventures on
the horizon. Watch this space.