John Torode is best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge of BBC1's MasterChef, now in its tenth series, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef.
Australian by birth, John is credited as one of the main players in introducing Australasian food to the UK in the mid-1990s. In 1992 he joined the Conran Group, starting out at Pont de La Tour before becoming Sous Chef at Quaglino's.
In 1995, John became Head Chef for the launch of Mezzo in Soho; at the time one of Europe's largest restaurants.
Since 2004 John has paired up with Gregg Wallace, handing out feedback, criticism and support to hundreds of hopefuls aiming to be crowned MasterChef.