John Torode reveals surprising reason he is unhappy with Masterchef

Gemma Strong

John Torode is a Masterchef veteran, having appeared on the BBC show since 2005. But the Australian chef has admitted he is unhappy with one aspect of the current series – its new 9pm timeslot. "Sadly, from my point of view, we're on at nine o'clock rather than eight o'clock or 8:30," he shared during an appearance on Good Morning Britain. "For me, it's sad because the kids can't watch it. The kids have all gone to bed."

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Masterchef stars John Torode and Gregg Wallace

John also revealed how he and his co-host Gregg Wallace manage to avoid getting food poisoning from trying the contestants' food – namely, by keeping an eye on how they're cooking their ingredients. "I put my trust in them because I've eaten so much from different people over the years," he said. "And I really watch what they do. If they do something quite weird, for instance if they put a piece of chicken in the oven for four minutes. So when I cut into it, I won't eat it because I know it's going to be raw. You go around it gingerly."

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The 54-year-old judge also shared that he usually puts on a stone in weight after filming on a series wraps up, because of all the creamy and rich foods he tries. He added: "When I finish the series I try to decompress, I cycle a lot more to try and drop the weight."

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John famously met his now-wife, Lisa Faulkner, on Masterchef in 2010. The couple tied the knot in October 2019 and recently landed their very own TV show – John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen. Earlier this month, John shared a touching message for his wife on Instagram in celebration of her 48th birthday. "Happy Happy Birthday to this beautiful creature @lisafaulknercooks," he wrote. "Lisa, you are my rock, my friend, my love, you are funny, kind and loving, caring, joyous and beautiful, inside and out. Love you. Happy happy birthday #happybirthday."