Ross Burden is a New Zealander who settled in London in the 1980s. His first brush with fame was as finalist in the BBC Masterchef competition. Launching his own company in 1993, The Contemporary Catering Company's clients include film stars, heads of major corporations and the Royal Family. He has appeared numerous times on Ready Steady Cook, the BBC Good Food Show, GMTV and The Big Breakfast. He has also had a 26-hour series on the Carlton Food Network, and has filmed a series for CFN Ross in Thailand. He co-wrote the Ready Steady Cook Book 5 with Ainsley Harriot, which has sold over 50,000 copies.