John Torode's kitchen on fire during 'This Morning' cooking demo chaos

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read

John Torode’s kitchen burst into flames behind him while the TV chef carried on cooking oblivious.

The MasterChef judge was demonstrating to This Morning viewers how to recreate a McDonald’s sausage and egg McMuffin from his home via video link, when he left a tea towel on top of his gas hob.

Hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield frantically shouted: “Fire! Behind you John! Fire! Your tea towel’s on fire!”

But Torode, 54, was busy putting muffins into the toaster, and due to a time delay did not hear their warnings immediately.

John Torode launches his new book My Kind Of Food at the Central Street Cookery School, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 10, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
John Torode's kitchen caught fire live on 'This Morning'. (PA)

By the time he became alerted to what was happening the tea towel was fully engulfed in flames and he quickly threw it into the sink and turned the tap on, shouting, “Thank you!”

Read more: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby try not to panic as fire alarm goes off

Torode added: “I’ll just open the back door,” as smoke filled the room.

Willoughby, 39, gasped: “Oh my gosh! Are you okay? You were so calm!”

He told the This Morning hosts, “It’s alright guys, I’m here!”

As Torode tried to continue with his demonstration the fire alarm then went off and he had to leave Schofield and Willoughby to improvise from the studio while he flapped another tea towel at the sensor in an effort to clear the smoke.

He later told Willoughby and Schofield he had not been hurt or burnt. He said: “I’m all okay, everything’s fine. The recipe got lost a little bit!”

Read more: John Torode admits lockdown obsession with cleaning

Torode lives in North London with wife Lisa Faulkner and her adopted daughter.

Lisa Faulkner and John Torode at the ITV Palooza at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
John Torode lives with wife Lisa Faulkner. (PA)

The TV chef recently confessed he’s really enjoying housework while being in lockdown.

He told Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast: “Oh, the ironing's really exciting for me. I have to have my sheets and my duvet ironed. The thing is, because we are busy, we have somebody come in and help us do the ironing sometimes and actually they can't come because we're all self-isolating.”