Meet John Torode, chef, restaurateur and MasterChef presenter.
Torode started his career as a chef. Having moved from Australia in the early 1990s, he began his UK career with the Conran Group. Passion and talent saw him rise quickly through the ranks and in less than 5 years, he was promoted to the position of head chef.
Torode's Australian background has played a large part in his career. He has been credited as one of the main players to bring quality Australian cuisine to the UK. His uncomplicated fusion cooking produces dishes that are full of flavour. Apart from introducing this exciting blend of multicultural cuisine, he is well known for being an enthusiast of organic food and the farming process.
Torode is author of a set of successful cookbooks and has had columns in the Daily Mail and Olive.
His highest-profile role, however, has to be that of TV presenter. Torode has been on numerous programmes, including 4 years as resident chef on ITV with Richard and Judy to hosting and judging duties on MasterChef.
His latest series, John Torode's Australia, airs in March 2014.