John Torode Wiki
John Torode Bio
|John Douglas Torode was born on 23rd July 1965. He is an Australian celebrity chef. He moved to the UK in the 1990s and began working at Conran Group’s restaurants. Torode first appeared on television on ITV1’s This Morning, he, later on, started presenting a revamped MasterChef on BBC One in 2005. He is a restaurateur; former owner of the Luxe and a second restaurant, Smiths of Smithfield. He has written some cookbooks.|
|John Torode Age||23 July 1965 (age 53) Melbourne, Australia|
|John Torode Residence||London, England|
|Occupation||Broadcaster, celebrity chef, restaurateur|
|John Torode Wife||Jessica (2000–2011) [d. 2014]|
|John Torode Partner, Fiancée||Lisa Faulkner (2015–present)|
|John Torode Children||4 Children : Jonah, Lulu, Marselle and Casper|
|John Torode Net Worth||He has an estimated Net Worth of € 1.2 as of 2018|
John Torode Early life and Career
Torode was born in Melbourne, Victoria, but between the ages of four (when his mother died) and ten he lived in Maitland, New South Wales, with his brother Andrew, and his grandmother who taught him to cook. He then lived in Edithvale, Melbourne, with his father and his brothers, his father was however frequently away from home because of work.
Torode early cooking began at Le Coq Au Vin restaurant in Aspendale, and his later apprenticeship was at several establishments in Beaumauris, both in Melbourne. He is quoted saying that the food in his childhood was fairly normal. Roast chicken remains one of his favourite dishes because of the connection to his childhood, although his favourite meal at that time was crumbed lamb cutlets. He has also said that one of the first books he enjoyed at school was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
John Torode Career
Torode began his cooking career at the age of 16 after he left school to attend catering college. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1991. A year later, he began working at Le Pont de la Tour and Quaglino’s as a sous chef for the Conran Group under Terence Conran. When he first met Conran, Torode asked his fellow chefs who that “nutter” was, as he’d arrived in the kitchen wearing a shirt stained with coffee and clutching a bag of figs asking for them to be put on the menu. Torode is quoted describing Conran in later interviews, as a “genius.” While working at Quaglino’s, Torode first met Gregg Wallace, whose company supplied the vegetables for the restaurant.
He cooked on ITV1’s This Morning in 1996 and continued in that role until 2000. In 1998, his cookbook The Mezzo Cookbook won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Food Photography”. He opened his former restaurant in Smithfield, London in 2000, called Smiths of Smithfields. He opened a second restaurant after a year, called Cafeteria, near Notting Hill Gate, this has since closed, making way for larger projects.
In 2005, the BBC television show MasterChef was re-launched with an updated format and with Torode and Wallace as presenters replacing Gary Rhodes. Torode was chosen instead of food critic AA Gill. By 2011, the show had been sold to 25 countries. Torode has said in interviews that he enjoys that the show is unscripted and that the cameras are just there to capture the genuine interactions between the judges and the contestants. The show subsequently spawned a spin-off, also hosted by Torode and Wallace, called Celebrity MasterChef. Torode opened a restaurant in October 2009, near New Spitalfields Market in London, called the Luxe. He sold his shares and moved on from the two restaurants, but under his leadership, turnover at the Luxe and Smiths of Smithfield reached £9.2 million.
John Torode Criticism
During the 2018 Masterchef UK TV series, Torode received significant criticism by Malaysians and Indonesians for eliminating Malaysian contestant Zaleha Kadir Olpin with the reason that her contesting Rendang dish served with nasi lemak wasn’t “crispy enough”. “I like the rendang flavour; there’s a coconut sweetness. However, the chicken skin isn’t crispy. It can’t be eaten, and all the sauce is on the skin so I can’t eat it,” quoted co-judge Gregg Wallace during his judging of the dish, with Torode commenting that the dish was a ‘mistake’ and ‘not really flavoursome’. Rendang, which is a spicy stew normally made with chicken or beef of tender texture, doesn’t consist of the crispy outer skin. Viewers subsequently took to Facebook and Twitter to comment about Rendang’s actual texture and how the judges were at fault for eliminating the contestant, including former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who posted a picture of the dish on Instagram with the attached caption, “Who eats ‘crispy’ chicken rendang?” Torode responded to the criticism through Twitter by writing: “Love this!! Brilliant how excited you are all getting .. Namaste.”, which resulted in a further backlash.
John Torode Ex-Wife, Children, Divorce
Torode has four children. He was married to Jessica, the mother of his son Jonah and daughter Lulu but was divorced in 2014 after separating in 2011. He also has two other children (Marselle and Casper) from previous relationships.
John Torode & Lisa Tamsin Faulkner
Torode is currently in a relationship with Lisa Tamsin Faulkner, an English actress and celebrity chef who played the role of Fi Browning in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 2017. The two moved in together in 2015 following Torode’s divorce with his first wife.
Lisa – already an accomplished actress who had starred in Spooks, Holby City, Brookside, and Murder In Suburbia appeared as a contestant in 201 Celebrity Masterchef. She wowed John and his co-judge Gregg Wallace beating Danielle Lloyd, Christine Hamilton and Jennie Bond to the title, impressing John in particular.
One year later, Lisa ended her six-year marriage to first husband Chris Coghill in late 2011, who she’d met on the set of Burn It. The exes share adopted daughter Billie, who arrived after several failed rounds of IVF.
Meanwhile, in the same year, John split from his second wife Jessica Torode, with who he shares son Jonah and daughter Lulu.
John is also father to Marselle and Casper from a previous relationship.
John Torode & Lisa Tamsin Faulkner Engaged
On 7th January 2019, Torode posted that he had proposed to his partner Lisa Faulkner. Lisa went to Instagram posting
“Happy 2019 it’s going to be quite a year, and I’m going to embrace every minute of it. All you need is love. Love is all you need.”
And John returned the sentiment in his own way, posting a picture of his new fiancee with the words: “And she said YES !! Bloody love my Lisa .. Have put a ring on it.”