Celebrity chef Ross Burden has died suddenly following cancer treatment aged 45.
Burden, who was born in Napier, hosted Ready Steady Cook in the United Kingdom after appearing in the British Masterchef final in 1993.
A self-taught cook, Burden filmed a healthy eating video with Joan Collins, set up his own catering company, and was once voted one of the UK's most eligible bachelors - "The Tastiest Man in Britain".
He lived in London for nearly two decades before returning to New Zealand to judge the first Masterchef series in 2010.
Burden was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in July last year, and contracted an infection following a bone marrow transplant to treat the cancer, his sister Kirsten Hughes told the New Zealand Herald.
He died unexpectedly in Auckland Hospital on Thursday.
A celebration of Burden's life will be held on Wednesday at Auckland University's MacLaurin Chapel at 11am.
Another memorial would be held in later in Napier where Burden was born.
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