John Torode is 2017 Celebrity Chef

John Torode is 2017 Celebrity Chef

Shropshire Horticultural Society, organisers of the Shrewsbury Flower Show, are pleased to announce the incredibly popular chef, writer and broadcaster, John Torode will be the headline chef at the show this summer. 

John will be cooking up a storm in the Food Hall on the 11th & 12th August enlightening and entertaining the visitors with his unique take on fusion food.

Society Secretary, Simon Badrock, said ‘Having John Torode at the 2017 Flower Show continues our aim of bringing top chefs to Shrewsbury. He is a great personality and no doubt his passion for good food and great discussion will be a huge success in the Food Hall, where he will be demonstrating alongside some of Shrewsbury’s home grown talent.”

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.

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