Australian-born chef John Torode and former greengrocer Gregg Wallace have worked in the food industry for over 40 years and have been honored for their services to food and charity.
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MasterChef presenting duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace have been ranked MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List.
Australian-born chef John, 56, and former greengrocer Gregg, 57, were honored for their culinary and charitable services.
The couple have worked in the food industry for over 40 years, with John starting his cooking career in Australia before moving to London in 1992.
Gregg started his career in the Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market before starting George Allen’s Greengroders – to huge success – in 1989.
He was the original host of the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen in 2002 and has also presented other shows such as Eat Well For Less, Inside The Factory, Turn Back Time, Harvest and Secret Supermarket.
The pair, who were known at the beginning of their careers, have been judges and co-hosts of the BBC’s MasterChef show since back in 2005.
Gregg said: “Well – fruits and vegetables have been a very good friend to me over the years. It is an unbelievable honor to be recognized by Your Majesty at such a wonderful time in the reign of the king. her avoidance.
“From a council estate in Peckham to being recognized by the Queen is something of a fairy tale to me. I’m so, so proud.”
Wallace also expressed gratitude to her co-star, Torode, saying, “It’s been lovely to recognize John and look back on how far we’ve come. It’s been quite a long way since I first started. first step into his craft, kitchen with coriander root.
“We’ve now worked in and around the food industry – not just MasterChef of course but also in our respective roles as chef and greengrocer.”
John is said to be one of the main characters who introduced Australasia cuisine to the UK.
After moving globally in 1992 to become part of the D&D London restaurant group – formerly known as the Conran group – he started at Le Pont de la Tour in London before becoming head chef at Quaglino’s.
He became head chef at Mezzo in Soho before making his 1995 debut against Smiths of Smithfield in 2000 and The Luxe nine years later.
John has been a regular chef on ITV’s This Morning since its debut in 1996, while he has also presented six series of John and Lisa Weekend Kitchens Together on ITV alongside wife Lisa Faulkner. .
He said: “I am truly touched, humbled and very grateful and I would like to thank those who nominated me for this great honor of an MBE.
“To be dedicated and recognized for services to the food and broadcasting industries that I have worked with for over 40 years is a very proud moment for me and my family.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to run and set up restaurants, to be at the forefront of introducing Australian cuisine to the UK and to work hard to make the industry the best it can be.
He added: “The British public has always been amazing, this is a wonderfully supportive country, thank you, I feel like I’m having the best job in the world.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/queens-birthday-honours-masterchef-duo-27127902 Queen's Birthday Honors: MasterChef duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace awarded MBEs