Chef, Restaurateur, Consultant, Author, Media Personality
Where It All Began
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.
A New Start
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.
In 2015 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.
There followed a return to Devon where John became chef-patron of the eponymous John Burton-Race Restaurant with Rooms and was awarded two AA Rosettes.
Cooking Up A Storm
Throughout his career John has been called on to work on a number of high profile television and media shows and he is also the author of several cookery books, most recently Flavour First and Cooking for Beginners, which he co-authored with Chef Angela Harnett. An autobiography is also in the pipeline.
Much of John’s time is now spent as a consultant chef providing advice to a range of establishments in the hotel, hospitality and cruise industries plus food production companies.
John Burton Race lives in Devon, England.
In the Spotlight
Awards & Recognition
John’s flair and creativity in the kitchen combined with his professionalism and hard work have been recognised continually throughout his career. Here are just some of the awards and recognition he has received:
First 1* Michelin at L’Ortolan
1987 - 2002
2* Michelin at L’Ortolan and John Burton-Race Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel
1990 - 1994
Good Food Guide 5/5
Egon Ronay ‘Restaurant of the Year’
Two Gold Medals & One Silver Medal at Madrid Euro Olympics plus Gold for overall ‘European Chef of the Year’
Grand Prix de L’art de la Cuisine International Academy of Gastronomy
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*
AA ‘Restaurant of the Year’ (England) – The New Angel, Dartmouth
2005 - 2010
1* Michelin and 3 AA Rosettes – The New Angel, Dartmouth
2 AA Rosettes – John Burton Race Hotel & Restaurant, Torquay