John is an Australian-born celebrity chef best known as a presenter of the BBC’s Masterchef and Celebrity Masterchef, alongside Gregg Wallace. He has also co-presented Junior Masterchef along with Nadia Sawalha the former winner of Celebrity Masterchef.
He was brought up by his grandmother after his mother died when he was four but he disliked not being with his father. He has suffered from asthma intermittently for much of his life and he also went on to develop eczema as an adult suffering with it for some 20 years.
He began his career in London, where he worked at several restaurants including including Pont de La Tour, Quaglino’s, Mezzo, and the Bluebird, eventually becoming a head chef.
As well as making numerous appearances on cookery and travel programmes including Saturday Kitchen, John Torode was the resident chef on ITV’s This Morning with Richard and Judy for four years before being chosen to co-present Masterchef.
John has been credited as being one of the main chefs to introduce Australasian food to the UK in the mid-1990s.
He is also dedicated to sourcing high-quality, rare-breed meat, and to supporting organic food and the farming process. His restaurants in London, including Smiths of Smithfield, are dedicated to serving top-quality meat and poultry; as such, he has built relationships with many small farmers across the UK who supply the very best produce to his restaurants.
John was part of the judging panel for the Glenfiddich Food and Drink awards in 2002, and regularly contributes to Olive magazine.
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Along with his work as a chef John has been credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food and is an exponent of rare breed meat, organic food and the farming process. He has built relationships with many small farmers across the length of the UK who supply the produce to Smith’s.