Name: John Douglas Torode
Bio: John Torode moved to the UK in the 1990’s, where he began working at Conran Group’s restaurants. He is currently best known for presenting MasterChef and related spin-off shows.
He began his career after he left school to attend catering college, aged 16. After his move to the United Kingdom in 1991, Torode started working at Le Pont de la Tour and Qualino’s as a sous chef, working under Terence Conran. Upon his first meeting with Conran, Torode asked his fellow chefs who the nutter was, as Conran arrived in the kitchen wearing a coffee stained shirt, whilst asking for Figs to be put on the menu as he held a bag in his hands.
From 1996 until 2000, Torode became a regular feature on ITV’s This Morning but decided to end his run on the show as he didn’t want to be “the celebrity chef”.
Along with his TV appearances, Torode has also released a series of cookbooks, one of which, The Mezzo Cookbook, won the James Beard Foundation Award for ‘Best Food Photography’.
Other TV Appearances: This Morning, MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, New British Kitchen, The Magicians, John Torode’s Australia, John Torode’s Argentina.
Something you (probably) didn’t know: John Torode is currently is a relationship with English TV actress, Lisa Faulkner.
Where can you see him? John Torode will be at the upcoming Great Food and Drink Festival at Calke Abbey. This is the first time this event has taken place at this specific venue, so we cannot wait to see what he cooks up.
The Great Food and Drink Festival at Calke Abbey will take place on September 3rd-4th with Torode appearing on the Sunday of the two-day event.