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MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace on long-standing disagreement with John Torode

MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and John Torode on years-long feud (John Wright/BBC)
MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and John Torode on years-long feud (John Wright/BBC)

Gregg Wallace has said he and his MasterChef co-star John Torode are still in disagreement over a winner in the celebrity version of the cooking programme from more than a decade ago.

The TV presenter said he still brings up his feud with his fellow MasterChef judge even now, and Torode said they are like a “married couple” in the way they fight.

Wallace told Radio Times magazine: “There’s a disagreement that still rumbles on from Celebrity MasterChef in 2006. We were choosing between Hardeep Singh Kohli and Matt Dawson in the final, and we still disagree now.

“Every now and again I bring it up when I’m feeling irritable.

“I know when I look into John’s eyes whether he seriously wants that person, I can look in his eyes and know if there’s wiggle room, a chance that I can change his mind.

“But when he slams down a spoon and looks at me and says, ‘I’m telling you, there’s no way they’re cooking for me again as long as I live’, he means it. Then I won’t even bother.”

Retired rugby player Dawson won Celebrity MasterChef in 2006.

Wallace, who has hosted the BBC food programme alongside chef Torode since 2005, added: “We feel passionately about contestants so we’ll always disagree.

“I’m just amazed we’ve been going for 15 years.”

He said he did not think it would get recommissioned and that they were “just wandering around in a daze eating things”.

Torode said: “We’re like a married couple. We both stand our ground and stick our heels in and then sometimes, when it feels worth it, we push the point.

“If Gregg’s got a tear in his eye, I know he really cares, and I’ll cave.”

The new series of MasterChef starts on Monday February 11 on BBC One.

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