John Torode MBE

Chef Profile

A hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit, Australian-born British Chef John Torode MBE is best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge of BBC1’s MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and previously, Junior MasterChef. He is also a regular guest chef on ITV’s This Morning, appearing both in studio and on location with his cookery travel segment – Torode On The Road. John and his wife Lisa Faulkner co-host John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen on ITV.

John has been on culinary road trips, taking him back to his roots, for popular TV programmes – John Torode’s Australia, Malaysia, Korea, Asia & Middle East for UKTV / Good Food Channels & Argentina for BBC1. His latest show – John Torode’s Ireland – is out on the Discovery Network. Melbourne born chef John started his cooking career at the tender age of 16, before moving to the UK and joining the Conran Group before going on to run his own successful restaurants Smiths Of Smithfield & The Luxe. He is credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food to the UK in the mid-1990s. John’s indisputable passion for the industry is infectious and he was awarded an MBE in 2022 for services to Food, Broadcast & Charity. A well-known food writer, his cookery books and writings have all received huge critical acclaim, John’s recent cookbooks include the bestselling My Kind Of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home, as well as Sydney To Seoul: Recipes From My Travels In Australia And The Far East.

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