‘God he’s arrogant!’ John Torode’s wife Lisa gets candid about their awkward first meeting | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
MasterChef’s John Torode, 56, and wife Lisa Faulkner, 49, admit it wasn’t love at first sight when they first met, as the latter thought he was “arrogant”. They were introduced on the set of This Morning in 1996 when Lisa was being interviewed and John was cooking in the kitchen.
The actress said she had noticed his “lovely, dark curly hair”, but did not get the reaction she wanted when she went over to chat to him.
The Holby City star explained to The Sunday Times: “I went over to see what he was cooking and said, ‘That looks delicious’.
“He replied, ‘Yup’, very brusquely.
“No acknowledgment, he barely looked at me and I just thought, ‘God, he’s really arrogant’.”
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After the unfortunate meeting, the pair did not cross paths again for another 13 years.
They were reunited when Lisa took part in Celebrity MasterChef in 2010, which she won.
Lisa thought John was “still good looking”, but “still arrogant” while taking on the “culinary Simon Cowell role”, as his co-star Gregg Wallace was busy “cracking jokes”.
John, on the other hand, confessed he was “cowardly” at the start of their relationship.
Fortunately for John, Lisa did say yes to a date, and the pair have been together ever since.
They got married in 2019 in a fairy-tale ceremony and now reside together with their blended family.
John has four children from previous relationships.
He was married to Jessica Torode in 2000 and the pair share two children, Jonah, 17, and Lulu, 15.
He also has Marcel and Casper from former relationships.
Lisa is mum to daughter Billie, 15, who she adopted with her first husband Chris Coghill in 2008.
The actress has previously shared how she “absolutely loves” being a stepmother to her husband’s children.
She explained to OK! Magazine in July: “I love the fact we have a house full of children.
“Most of them are teenagers now, who stomp around and leave mess everywhere!
“But we eat and chat together and I absolutely love every single minute.”