I’ve always loved cooking. It was a thing I felt very comfortable doing. You can hide away in the kitchen and it’s a great place to find yourself. I like to feed people. I like to see people smile. When you cook for people, it’s giving. There’s a lot of you in food – and a lot of love.
A hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit, John Torode is best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge of BBC1’s MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef, the biggest TV food brand in the world.
John is also the presenter of John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen on ITV with his wife Lisa and their Instagram cooks have been some of the most watched cookery segments on social media.
John’s television career has also seen him travel the world in search of vibrant cuisines and exciting recipes for various popular TV shows, A Cook Abroad: John Torode’s Argentina and The A to Z of TV Cooking for BBC2. He is also a regular guest chef on ITV’s This Morning, appearing both in studio as well as out and about on location with his cookery travel segment Torode On The Road.
Australian by birth, John is credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food to the UK in the mid-1990s. John is passionate about sourcing the best of British produce, setting up popular restaurants like Smiths, also writing his popular books John Torode’s ‘Beef’ and Chicken and Other Birds, My Kind Of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home and Sydney To Seoul.