John Burton Race

John Burton Race is a Michelin star chef born in Singapore who is fairly well-known, not just for his cooking, but also for his stint on reality TV show ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!’

About John Burton Race

From the east, to France and England, John has travelled widely in search of culinary adventures.

Find out more about celebrity chef John Burton Race over here:

  • 1957: John Burton Race is born in Singapore, and spends his early years travelling around the world.
  • 1983 – 2002: He has assorted kitchen jobs at high-star venues in England, such as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and L’Ortolan.
  • 2000: John takes over the famous Landmark London Hotel, earning him two Michelin stars.
  • 2003: John Burton Race leaves for France to make ‘French Leave’ and get some inspiration.
  • 2005: After opening a restaurant and hotel in Dartmouth, he is awarded a Michelin star.
  • 2006: John loses a cook-off in Great British Menu to Michael Caines.
  • 2007: John Burton Race becomes a mentor on popular show ‘Kitchen Criminals’. He also appears on the reality show ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!’

French Leave

Part reality show, part cooking show, ‘French Leave’ sees celebrity chef John Burton Race take his entire family, including the dog, to a rural farm-house in south west France for a year.

This hugely popular TV series was directed by Pat Llewellyn, who discovered Jamie Oliver and the ‘Two Fat Ladies’. A book was also written, featuring recipes and stories from the show.

Here are some food highlights of ‘French Leave’ and the book that followed:

  • Asparagus Hollandaise
  • Pommes Boulangeres
  • Roast Duck with Prunes
  • Wild Strawberry Shortcake

Return Of The Chef

‘Return Of The Chef’ was the TV series and book that marked the family’s return to England.

Fresh from the rural farm life in France, John Burton Race decides to open a restaurant in Devon rather than return to busy London life. This show focuses on this move, and the family’s life and meals in the English countryside.

‘Return Of The Chef’ is broadcast in the UK as well as Australia:

  • UK: Produced by Channel 4.
  • Australia: Produced by ABC Television

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