Author(s): John Burton Race
No fancy recipes, just straightforward well cooked food for everyone to enjoy. French Leave followed John Burton Race, his wife Kim and six children to the South of France. The result was an intriguing mix of the chaos of family life with one man's determination to find his culinary roots. What emerged from that year was a man with a different outlook on life. His family now mean even more to him and he has finally decided to turn his back on the Two-star Michelin world he inhabited - for good. John and the family are moving back to rural Devon so he can run a small hotel and restaurant. No more chasing Michelin stars, this will be family foods that anyone can cook using fresh ingredients from the surrounding area.
"'Along with Gordon Ramsay, one of the most talented British chefs at the moment' Food and Drink, BBC2; 'A delicious read... this book will help you bring a touch of France to your table' Heat Magazine (on French Leave); 'This glossy tie-in features country-style recipes to thrill the Francophile, bonhomie to amuse and enough family tensions to fill a terrine.' Independent on Sunday (on French Leave)"
John Burton Race 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 Les Manoir Quat' Saisons, Oxford and head chef and manager of Le Petit Blanc, Oxford. In 1986, John opened a restaurant of his own - L'Ortolan, in Berkshire, gaining and maintaining two Michelin stars from 1986 until 2000. From 2000 until 2003 he ran The Landmark restaurant, in London's Landmark Hotel, and reclaimed not one, but two Michelin stars within the first year of trading.