John Burton Race
John Burton Race - Chef - Restaurateur - Author - Television Media - Consultant

John Burton Race


John Burton Race is a Michelin starred chef, restaurateur, author, and media personality.

Hard graft & the best possible training alongside some of the worlds leading chefs resulted in my 14 years maintaining 2 Michelin stars. Four and a half years of highly successful consulting & brand/product endorsements for many blue chip companies followed.

I came up through the ranks of kitchen life, learning and honing my craft for many years starting as an apprentice at the Wessex Hotel in Winchester and working my way through the tough hierarchy of a kitchen brigade at restaurants such as Quaglinos - Hotel Meurice London, Chewton Glen, La Sorbonne Oxford (1*Michelin) ending up at one the true edifices of Michelin cuisine in 1983 under the wing of super chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons where I was promoted to Sous Chef.

Born in Singapore in 1957 to a British diplomat father, John 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. 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 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 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.



1987 first 1* Michelin

1987 until 2002 2* Michelin

1990-94 Good Food Guide 5/5

1991 Egon Ronay ‘Restaurant of the Year’

1992 One Silver and two Gold Medals at Madrid Euro Olympics and Gold for overall ‘European Chef of the Year’

1994 Grand Prix de L’art de la Cuisine International Academy of Gastronomy

1996 Catey Awards ‘Chef of the Year’
Acorn Award Caterer and Hotel Keeper Magazine Ackerman Guide ‘Best in Britain Award’

Toques Gault Millau 18/20

5 AA Rosettes

Egon Ronay 3*

2005-06 AA ‘Restaurant of the Year’(England)'

2005-10 1* Michelin and 3 AA Rosettes

John Burton Race Hotel & Restaurant Torquay
2 AA Rosettes
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