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RICHARDSON HOTELS
We want to serve the very best food possible, and John is certainly the man to do it...
At the close of 2016, former two Michelin-starred chef, John Burton-Race joined the Richardson Hotel Group, with an appointment to oversee the new restaurant, ‘John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor’, and he has set out to overhaul fine dining in Torquay, at the hotel which gained notoriety in Channel 4’s ‘The Hotel’ reality show.
Keith Richardson, owner of the Richardson Hotel Group, which bought the 46-bedroom hotel in 2012 from Mark Jenkins, the one-time hotelier who has relaunched himself as a comedian and entertainer, hopes Burton- Race will bring some ‘Michelin magic’ to the hotel’s new Brasserie and Terrace. The plan is certainly on track for greatness – the AA had awarded the restaurant two rosettes, despite it only having been open a few weeks.
Richardson originally retained Jenkins at the hotel as a ‘host’ to capitalise on his television fame, which raised the wrath of Torquay hoteliers for his eccentric and ‘unprofessional’ behaviour.
However, Richardson is now changing direction with the intention of promoting Burton-Race’s background in ‘world-class dining’, which has included working as head chef at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
in Great Milton, Oxfordshire; running his own restaurant L’Ortolan in Shinfield, Berkshire, where he achieved two Michelin stars, and opening his eponymous restaurant at the Landmark Hotel in London in 2000.
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