John Torode is best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge of MasterChef, 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.
He opened Smiths of Smithfield in 2000. The four-floor Grade-II listed restaurant, private dining room and café, located in the heart of Smithfield Market, was a roaring success under his leadership and became a firm fixture on both the restaurant and bar scenes during his tenure. John's second restaurant venture was another popular multi-storey operation, The Luxe, which opened at Spitalfields Market in 2009.
John went back to his roots with a culinary road trip across Australia for his series John Torode's Australia, which premiered in March 2014 on the Good Food channel. John returned to the channel in January 2016 with his 10-part Malaysian Adventure series and again in 2017 with John Torode’s Korean Food Tour and John Torode’s Asia.
A well-known author and food writer, John regularly contributes to Olive and BBC Good Food magazines. John's cookbook My Kind Of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home was published in 2015 and his latest book is coming out in May 2018.