BBC MasterChef: The Professionals: Why Gregg Wallace doesn't socialise with John Torode and skips public events

Gregg Wallace and John Torode are one of the very few presenting duos who appear to be glued at the hip but you may be surprised to know that is far from the case away from their hit show MasterChef.

In fact, the pair rarely spend time together outside of their successful careers and have somewhat of a turbulent friendship off-screen.

John and Gregg have been hosting MasterChef for a number of years now but prefer to give each other plenty of space and lead two completely separate lives.

Speaking to Hello magazine, the star said that he finds that spending less time together in their personal lives helps their working relationship.

“Me and John have got this down to a tee. We know exactly how we work and what we need and we’re absolutely fine working together for all that time, and then we give each other a lot of space.”

BBC MasterChef: The Professionals: Why Gregg Wallace doesn't socialise with John Torode and skips public events
© BBC/Shine TV John and Greg have been presenting MasterChef side by side since 2005

John Torode told Radio Times magazine of his relationship with Gregg: “We’ve known each other for 30 years, but we lead separate lives.

“At no stage have we morphed into each other, which means there’s always going to be a little frisson here and there.

He added: “It’s no bad thing; there’s an energy with that tension, which is useful.”

“We never know for sure what the other will think about a dish.”

Gregg, 57, has even admitted that he has never even stepped foot inside John Torode’s house that he shares with his actress wife Lisa Faulkner.

And Gregg has previously said he prefers not attending public events at all.

He told KentLive that the downside of being a recognised face is that he doesn’t get to enjoy these events as a normal person would do.

He said: “I would say I would love to be able to walk along and enjoy the beer the same as everyone else but I can’t because the moment I get out of the car I’m going to get asked for a selfie and that will not stop until I get back in the car. That’s not fun for my family.

“I would love to be able to roam up and down like the guests do, I’d love to but that’s not going to happen to me and that is the one drawback of being on the television.

“People that come up and want a selfie, they don’t know because it’s only a couple of minutes but what they don’t realise they are one of hundreds and hundreds that day if you stay in a public place.

“Honestly it’s not fun at all but it’s the reason I don’t go to public events.”

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