Celebrity Kiwi chef Ross Burden has died unexpectedly from an infection picked up following treatment for cancer.
An obituary in the New Zealand Herald says "after a life of adventure, Ross died peacefully at Auckland City Hospital on 17 July 2014".
The New Zealand Masterchef host and self-taught cook worked for several well-known clients, including Princess Anne and comedian Joan Collins.
The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a form of leukemia a year ago.
He has been described as "a wonderful person" and "funny, charming and brilliant" on memorial page set up on the website Heaven Address.
"You lit up a room when you walked in; you sparkled your way through life and it has been such a pleasure to know you," one tribute says.
Another post reads: "What a huge loss for the world. I'll miss our lunches and fabulous chats, your wicked sense of humor, optimism and massive intellect."
Burden worked as a model early on in his career and was once voted one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. He later came out as gay. - Attitude
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