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
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
is currently executive consultant of the Richardson Hotels Group
heading the new brasserie and terrace restaurant team at the
John Burton Race Hotel and Restaurant in Torquay Devon, which
has just been awarded two AA Rosettes - for more information
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
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