A hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit, John Torode became a familiar face to TV audiences back in 1996 as the resident chef on ITV’s This Morning with Richard and Judy; a role in which he continued for four years. Since 2004 John has paired up with Gregg Wallace, handing out feedback, criticism and support to hundreds of hopefuls aiming to be crowned MasterChef (or indeed Celebrity MasterChef) and is also the judge and co-host of CBBC’s Junior MasterChef. In 2011 John & Gregg also teamed up to guest host Have I Got News For You for BBC1. They are the first ever duo to co-host the satirical current affairs quiz.
Australian by birth, John is credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food to the UK in the mid-1990s.
John went back to his roots with a culinary road trip across Australia for his series John Torode’s Australia, which premiered in March 2014 and was the top performing show of the year on the Good Food channel.
Following this great success John returned to the Good Food channel in January 2016 with his Malaysian Adventure; a 10-part series exploring the vibrant and varied cuisine of Malaysia.
John is passionate about sourcing the best of British produce, particularly within the meat industry, where he has long been a champion of rare breeds. In his quest to source the very best produce throughout his career, he has built strong relationships with many small farmers & butchers throughout the UK and aimed to share his knowledge through his widely distributed “Fine Meat List”.
John’s TV programmes regularly attract a huge audience. Indeed MasterChef’s popularity has placed John & Gregg on the front cover of several magazines including the Radio Times and spawned several cookbooks to date (including The MasterChef Cookbook, MasterChef At Home, MasterChef Kitchen Bible, MasterChef EveryDay & MasterChef Cookery Course). Sainsbury’s Magazine readers even voted MasterChef as the Top TV Food Show of the Decade and it has been included in the Top Ten list of the most Sky Plussed shows of the year.