Gregg Wallace and John Torode have some of the best on-screen chemistry of any pair of TV hosts going.
The MasterChef and Celebrity MasterChef judges have co-hosted the favourite cooking show together for an incredible 17 years, reports Hello!
With their loveable banter and shared infectious enthusiasm for food, it’s no wonder the golden pairing has lasted nearly two decades.
So viewers might be shocked to find out that the apparent on-screen BFFs actually never hang out in real life.
“Never,” 56-year-old Gregg told Hello! during an interview last month, before backtracking and correcting himself: “Every now and again.”
So what’s the reason behind these two avoiding each other away from the cameras?
According to Gregg, filming two annual series of MasterChef – equating to a total of six months every year – is quite enough of each other, when you’ve been at it for 17 years.
That’s not to say the pair don’t get on; in fact Gregg told Hello: “Me and John Torode get on really, really well.”
It’s just that they’ve found the perfect balance of spending time together versus time apart, according to the chef.
He said: “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.”
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So much space, in fact, that Gregg also revealed the celebrity chefs have never even been to each other’s houses – despite frequently dining together when they go away with MasterChef.
He said: “We are mates but also mates fall out and we have to make sure we don’t fall out.
“We have to make sure our relationship is professional and nothing infiltrates that at all.
Gregg added: “No one I know has written a book on how to be the perfect TV couple, but no one can argue about the longevity and the relationship between me and my mate, John Torode.”
They do text each other, though – roughly every ten to fourteen days – and Gregg also watches John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen (“Absolutely lovely”).
Gregg swears by the formula: “I think we’ve got this balance beautifully and I think there is no reason to do anything else in this relationship.”
He added: “It might seem odd to other people, but we believe we’ve got it absolutely bang on.
“If I have an issue in my life, the first person to hear about it is John Torode.”
Meanwhile, speaking about his friendship with Gregg, John Torode, 56, previously joked that he “had to wait until his fourth wedding before I got invited to be his best man.”
John, too, seems to think the pair of them have got their relationship down to a tee.
He said: “It’s well documented that we don’t socialise outside of work.
“We’ve never been to each other’s houses.
“We’ve never really cooked for each other.”
John added: “We spend a lot of time together, sharing a lot of things: emotion, food, pressure and changing people’s lives.
“17 years on, it’s still a relationship that is calm and in good stead.
“I think it’s an amazing thing.”
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