Renowned chef takes job at Northumberland hotel

Otterburn Castle Hotel
Otterburn Castle Hotel

A renowned celebrity chef will be cooking up top-quality cuisine at a Northumberland hotel from this month.

John Burton-Race has been appointed guest chef at the Otterburn Castle Hotel.

The two Michelin-starred cook will take over as head chef at the grade II-listed hotel’s Oak Room Restaurant this month, introducing a new seasonal à la carte menu as well as daily specials.

Burton-Race, who has worked with some of the world’s top chefs in a career spanning more than 30 years, said: “I have visited Otterburn many times as a guest and fallen in love with the castle, the people and the spectacular region.

“I’ve always believed the best food you can eat is fresh and from on your own doorstep so where better to bring that to the plate than Otterburn Castle.”

John Burton-Race began his career working for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Buckinghamshire and worked at some of the country’s top restaurants before winning his first Michelin star at Raymond Blanc’s Le Petit Blanc in Oxford in 1996.

He then opened his own restaurant, L’Ortolan in Berkshire, winning two Michelin stars. He repeated the success at his second venue, John Burton-Race Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel in 2000.

Away from the kitchen, John Burton-Race has carved out a successful media career appearing on The Great British Menu and Masterchef.

A spokesman for Otterburn Castle said: “We’re delighted to have a chef as experienced, talented and unique as John Burton-Race bringing Michelin star-quality dining to Otterburn.”

The award-winning Oak Room restaurant is set within the Otterburn Castle Hotel, which was first built in 1086 by a cousin of William the Conqueror, and is nestled in 32 acres of tranquil gardens and woodland.

The restaurant offers fine dining based on the freshest seasonal produce and regionally sourced ingredients including locally caught game, meat and fish as well as vegetables from the Otterburn Castle garden.