TV star and celeb chef John Torode is a judging veteran who has spent many years putting amateur cooks through their paces in the MasterChef pressure cooker.
Along with Gregg Wallace, he loves tucking into delicious food before giving his frank verdict on the dish. Let’s get the lowdown on the chef.
How old is John Torode?
The Melbourne-native is 54-years-old and currently lives in London.
He is most famous for his role as TV judge on MasterChef, starring in both the British and Australian versions of the show.
At 16 years old, John left school to attend catering college and after a decade of training, he moved to the UK in 1991, to work at a sous chef at Quaglino’s.
Torode was in good hands, as he worked under restaurateur Sir Terence Conran, who he describes as a “genius”.
While working at Quaglino’s, John first met his fellow MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace, who was running a vegetable supply company.
Who is the Celebrity MasterChef’s partner?
John Torode first met his partner Lisa Faulkner, famous for appearing on shows like EastEnders, Brookside and Holby City, in 2010.
Lisa was also a contestant and won Celebrity MasterChef.
At the time of the show being filmed, Lisa was married to Eastenders actor Chris Coghill, with whom she has an eight-year-old adopted daughter Billie.
The pair divorced in April 2012 after a seven-year marriage, and six months later, Lisa went public with her relationship with John.
He had been married to wife Jessica since 2007, but the couple split in 2011.
Since they got together they have frequently appeared alongside each other on cooking segments for morning TV.
On January 7, 2019 Lisa revealed John had asked her to marry him on Christmas Day 2018.
What are his best recipes?
The master cook from Australia has compiled and shared countless recipes over the span of his career.
John’s latest book My Kind of Food shares recipes that he personally enjoys cooking at home for himself and his loved ones.
For those with a more exotic taste, recipes like his Crisp Fried Tofu and Tom Kha Gai might hit the spot!
However, if you’re all about becoming the next expert in the field of baking, his Berry and Mascarpone Tarts or Tomato and Pesto Tarts‘ recipes might be useful.
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Is John friends with Gregg?
John has revealed that his partnership with Gregg Wallace doesn’t extend to an off-screen friendship, and that an explosive drunken spat once saw filming suspended!
He said: “It’s funny, we’ve never been friends. We’ve not been to each other’s houses… If we do go out for a drink, I’ll invariably be at one end of a big old table and he’ll be at the other.”
However, he later backtracked and insisted on Good Morning Britain that the pair are “always friends”, putting a stop to rumours that the duo feud off-screen.
Later on, in July 2017, John went back on his claims saying: “I’ve got five children and I work with Gregg Wallace – I’ve got enough drama in my life already, thanks very much!”