Masterchef host Ross Burden dies after cancer treatment

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 humour, optimism and massive intellect."

A celebration of his life will be held at Maclaurin Chapel, Auckland University, 18 Princes St, Auckland on Wednesday at 11am.

A service will be held in Napier at a later time.

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Ross Burden Source: TVNZ

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