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Meet John Burton-Race of The Grosvenor Hotel

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Previously earning a rocky reputation for its appearance on Channel 4’s The Hotel, The Grosvenor in Torquay has been quietly garnering a fresh foodie following thanks to a new appointment in the kitchen. We sat down with head chef and TV personality, John Burton-Race

John Burton-Race

What can we expect from John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor Hotel?

Great food with an emphasis on local and seasonal produce, presented with flair and imagination.

The Grosvenor has previously had a difficult reputation, how do you get past that?

Like anything in life, what is in the past is past and we cannot change it. What we focus on now at The Grosvenor is its aspirations and plans for the future – exciting times are ahead.

What have been the most challenging times in your career?

Within any hotel or restaurant I have worked with, the challenge has always been consistently delivering high quality and innovative food every day.

What have been the highlights of your career so far?

The gongs are great but, as well as attaining two Michelin stars and Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year titles, being able to deliver what the customer wants and see the business grow has been an incredible journey and a fantastic achievement.

Nasty or nice: what are you like in the kitchen?

Why of course, I am charming. 

Where do you like to eat out in the South West?

There are a couple of very good chefs in this part of the country such as Michael Wignall at Gidleigh Park and Michael Caines at Lympstone Manor. I’ve also found a lovely pub in Slapton called the The Tower Inn with a great French chef cooking up a storm at reasonable prices.

Where’s good to eat in Torquay?

The Grosvenor, of course.

Wish you’d known 10 years ago?

That’s a tough question. Life has been one long lesson, and each day for me has been an opportunity to learn and grow.

Like to have supper with?

Jason Statham and his lovely wife Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

On the up?

JBR @The Grosvenor is an amazing platform to showcase the best of what Devon has to offer so I’d say YES, we’re on the up!

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