John Torode's Biography

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John Torode was born in Melbourne, Australia on 23 July 1965.

However, after his mother's death when John was just 4 years old, he and his older brothers moved out of Melbourne to stay with their maternal grandmother for six years, at which point they rejoined their father in Melbourne.

John Torode's father had various modes of employment, as well as property and commercial selling, he owned an orange-juice factory.

Torode left school for catering college at 16.

John Torode left Australia for the UK in 1991.

He ended up working for various restaurants before establishing his own restaurants. His first restaurant was Smiths of Smithfield.

He then launched the Luxe in Spitalfields, after he had a failure with Cafeteria in Notting Hill Gate.

Torode also cooked regularly on ITV’s This Morning, but perhaps his biggest breakthrough was in 2005 when he was teamed up with Gregg Wallace as co-hosts of BBC's Masterchef and its spin-offs.

Masterchef was also important in Torode's life by bringing him romance. He got together with the actress Lisa Faulkner, who won Celebrity Masterchef in 2010.

Lisa’s separated from her husband, Chris Hoghill, and John separated from Jessica, his second wife.

Apart from Masterchef, John Torode has also presented John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure and John Torode's Australia.

John Torode was treated in hospital on Boxing Day 2016, after a fall whilst riding a horse, which his girlfriend Lisa Faulkner described as a lucky escape in a tweet.

In March 2019, it was revealed that John Torode and Lisa Faulkner would present John And Lisa's Weekend Kitchen on Sunday mornings on ITV.

John and Lisa met when she won Celebrity Masterchef in 2010.

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