John was born in Singapore, in 1957, the son of a British diplomat, and he spent his formative years travelling the globe, experiencing a multitude of cuisines.
His family settled in Hampshire and his journey to create the most beautiful food began then, and encompassed sous chef at ‘Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons’, Oxford and head chef and manager of ‘Le Petit Blanc’, Oxford.
In 1986, John Burton-Race opened a restaurant of his own - ‘L'Ortolan’, in Berkshire, gaining and maintaining two Michelin stars from 1986 until 2000.
John opened ‘John Burton Race at The Landmark’ in Marylebone, London, in 2000 and reclaimed his two Michelin stars as soon as he opened.
John is the only British member of the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Cuisine Française.