John Burton Race @ The Grosvenor
John Burton-Race, successful Michelin Star chef, television personality and restaurateur was born in Singapore to a British diplomat father and spent his formative years travelling the globe, experiencing a multitude of cuisines. His earliest memories of cooking involved watching and helping the family Chef, which is where he discovered both his innate talent and profound passion for food and cooking.
He came up through the ranks of kitchen life, learning and honing his craft for many years starting as an apprentice at the Wessex Hotel in Winchester and working his way through the tough hierarchy of a kitchen brigade at restaurants such as Quaglino’s – 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 he was promoted to Sous Chef. When Raymond wanted to open another restaurant in Oxford, Le Petit Blanc he turned to JBR to head both the restaurant and the kitchen and it was here that he won his first Michelin Star.
In 1986 he fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant, L’Ortolan in Berkshire where he achieved his own two Michelin Stars and then went on to mirror this achievement in 2000 at JBR Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel.
In 2002 John moved to France for a year to relearn and discover ingredients and his love of cooking after many years in the fast lane. It was time to take a step back and reconnect with a slower pace of life, Channel 4 jumped at the opportunity of a TV show, based around his sabbatical which inspired the hugely successful television show “French Leave” which made John a household name. After a year of living and breathing all things French and much inspired by all he had seen and learnt, John moved to Devon in 2004 and opened “The New Angel” in Dartmouth, which was awarded a Michelin Star in 2005 and retained it until his departure in 2010.
Upon John’s departure from the New Angel in Dartmouth he decided to pursue his consultancy jobs and broaden his catering knowledge. In 2014, hungry for the stove and with the aid of a financial backer the New Angel Notting Hill was opened. This venture re-ignited his enthusiasm and gave him the opportunity to show his ever evolving cuisine. He again proved that he could hire and develop a new brigade to produce food at a consistent high standard.
John has now embarked in a new challenge at The Grosvenor Hotel Torquay, where a full refurbishment of the hotel is about to commence. John, a long-time resident of Devon, will be involved in the kitchen design of the new restaurant, as well as menu planning food preparation. “We’re so fortunate with the produce that’s on offer locally,” he said. “The animal husbandry, the pastureland and the seafood of the county allows my menus to have a real seasonal focus.”
The new restaurant will open on 10th February 2017.
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