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Tributes paid to celebrity chef Ross Burden

Ross Burden, the former star of Ready Steady Cook died aged 45. Photo: Myung Jung Kim/PA

Tributes have poured in for celebrity chef Ross Burden, the former star of Ready, Steady, Cook and many other TV programmes, who died of Leukemia in his native New Zealand, aged 45.

Sue Perkins, the host of The Great British Bake Off paid her respects to Burden, who shot to fame after reaching the final of Masterchef in 1993.

The popular cook went on to make numerous TV appearances becoming a regular on Ready, Steady, Cook, where he co-starred with Aldo Zilli and Alan Coxon, who posted a tribute picture of the trio on Twitter.

Aldo Zilli also posted a picture of the group.

Other chefs including James Martin and Paul Hollywood and James Martin have also expressed their sorrow at the news.

Burden returned to New Zealand in 2010, where he joined the judging panel of the national version of MasterChef.

His sister, Kirsten Hughes, told the New Zealand Herald newspaper that he had been diagnosed with a form of leukemia in July last year and had contracted an infection in the wake of a bone-marrow transplant.

He passed away on July 17.