Ray D'Arcy Guest Critic
John Burton-Race is best known for his TV appearances on food programmes such as 'Kitchen Criminals', 'The Great British Menu and 'French Leave' and more recently his exploits on ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here'. But before his successful TV career, John had already earned a reputation as a top class chef.
John was born in Singapore where his diplomat father, was stationed. He moved around a lot while growing up and developed an interest in the different foods of the countries he stayed in and he chose to be a chef. John worked with Raymond Blanc at 'Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons' and 'Petit Blanc' in Oxford, before opening his own restaurant 'L'Ortolan', in Berkshire, where he was awarded two Michelin stars in 1986. John then opened a restaurant under his own name at the the Landmark Hotel in London, where he held onto his two Michelin stars.
In 2002 John and his family moved to France for one year which was the subject of the popular TV series 'French Leave'. On his return, John opened 'The New Angel' in Dartmouth in Devon, where he was awarded a Michelin star in 2005.