BBC Stars in Chef Coats and Cooking Aprons

John Burton Race is the son of a British diplomat. Born in 1957 in Singapore, he spent his youth traveling around the world and sampling a wide variety of cuisines. When his family settled down in Hampshire, he put on chef coats in Oxford as sous chef at Le Manoir aux Quat 'Saisons; and he became the manager and head chef of Oxford's Le Petit Blanc. He opened his own restaurant, L'Ortolan, in Berkshire in 1986, winning two Michelin stars the first year and the four years following. Between 2000 and 2003 John ran the restaurant at the Landmark Hotel in London, and again won two Michelin stars the first year. John began his television series French Leave in 2003, and quickly became one of Britain's most highly celebrated chefs. He moved with his family to Devon and there bought the Carved Angel in Dartmouth, which he renamed the New Angel. It won a Michelin star its first year, 2004; and John launched his coming Home television series that same year. With costar Angela Hartnett, John has tried to reform some of Britain's worst offenders in chef jackets in BBC Two's series Kitchen Criminals . He was also a chef on BBC's 2008 series Step Up to the Plate . John believes in using local produce in his dishes, including freshly eaten seafood and shellfish, Devonshire game and lamb, and beef from Devon Red Ruby cattle.

Richard Corrigan was born in Dublin, and he spent his childhood on a twenty-five acre farm in County Meath. At age fourteen he began his culinary career in his home town as chef trainee at Kirwin Hotel. When he was seventeen he moved to the Netherlands and spent four years as chef de partie at several topnotch restaurants and hotels. He moved to London in 1985 and worked for a year at Le Meridien Hotel, in Piccadilly. He became head chef at Blandford Street's Stephen Bull, and then moved to Mayfair's Mulligan's. After a stint at Swallow Street's Bentley's Bar, he returned to Stephen Bull where he soon won a Michelin star. He began Searcy's at the Barbican in 1996, and Lindsay House in Soho in 1997. Lindsay House won a Michelin star in 1999 for its robust textures and tastes; and Richard won the Outstanding London Chef award in 2000's Carlton London Restaurant Awards. Richard went on to open a very exclusive bar and restaurant on the roof of St. George's. Mary's Ax in 2004; in 2006 he took over the established fish restaurant Bentley's in London; and in 2008 he opened another Bentley's in Dublin. His most recent restaurant opening was Corrigan's Mayfair in London in 2008. Richard has appeared in cooking aprons on many television programs, including Saturday Kitchen, Masterchef , and Jamie's Kitchen . He participated in the Great British Menu series in 2006, and his smoked salmon reached the competition finals. Beside preparing lunch for Tony Blair at 10 Downing St., Richard has cooked for the Queen and King of Jordan, the Lord Mayor's supper at London's Guildhall in 2002, and a special dinner given by Tony Blair for Mary McAleese, the president of Ireland.