Ross Burden was a celebrity chef who was born on 16th December 1968 in Napier, New Zealand. He was raised up in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. He attended Taradale High School and graduated from there in the year 1986. He then moved to Britain from his native New Zealand and joined the University of New Auckland from where he received his bachelor degree in Zoology. He then moved to London to work on a master’s but he got caught between modeling and cooking.
At the beginning of his career, he started as a model and later he became a chef inspired by the time spent cooking with his grandmother. He started his television career after reaching the final of the BBC series Master Chef 1993. He had hosted as well as a guest on several programs across the world. Burden was regular on Ready Steady Cook for eight long years. He had also filmed a healthy-eating video with Joan Collins and made at least five series for Taste. In addition, he has also appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars with other UK chefs in the year 2006.
Burden came back to New Zealand in 2010 to be a judge on the country’s home-grown version of Master Chef. He judged the first season of Master Chef New Zealand along with Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie. At the same time, he returned to Auckland University to take a Master’s degree in Maori Studies.
Apart from that, Burden had published multiples books and he had also written the columns for two magazines. In addition to that, Burden was once voted as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. Besides, he was openly a gay. Ross Burden was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia in July of last year. He died on 17th July 2014 at the age of 45 after contracting an infection following a bone-marrow transplant.