MasterChefs John Torode and Gregg Wallace unusual off-screen friendship – Mirror Online

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MasterChef stars John Torode and Gregg Wallace have been working together for 17 years.

But they’ve admitted that they’ve never hung out outside of work.

The famous chefs, who have presented the BBC show together for almost two decades, have never been round each other’s houses and have never even cooked for each other.

Despite that, they say their on-screen partnership is so successful because they totally trust each other.

The duo have opened up about their odd friendship in a telling chat with Radio Times.

Gregg explained: “We trust each other completely. We feel safe with each other. We know that the other one isn’t going to – on camera, anyway – ridicule the other one. We don’t fight for space. We don’t fight for time. There is no ego clash.”

Gregg and John never socialise outside of work
Gregg and John never socialise outside of work

“There’s a sense of mutual respect,” John added.

The pair have a clear warmth for one another, and the secret could lie in the fact that they never spend time together away from the studio.

John 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 loves working with Gregg on screen
John loves working with Gregg on screen
Gregg says they've found a system that works for them
Gregg says they’ve found a system that works for them

John went on to compare their relationship to that of cartoon characters Road Runner and Wile E Coyote.

He added: “Did you ever see them? Do you remember, at the end, Road Runner and the coyote would walk up the hill? They’d chase each other around all the time. And at the end of it they’d both say, ‘See you tomorrow’.

“Once they played their role, they disappeared and went off to their own lives very comfortably.

“I think we do that. We spend a lot of time together, sharing a lot of things: emotion, food, pressure and changing people’s lives. And 17 years on, it’s still a relationship that is calm and in good stead. I think it’s an amazing thing.”

Read the full interview in Radio Times
Read the full interview in Radio Times

Gregg chipped in: “People are really interested in my relationship with John. I think because we’re so friendly on screen, they find it really difficult to understand why we’re not as friendly off screen.

“I know John’s heard this before because it comes up many times. And I’ve said regularly, as far as I know, no one’s ever written a bestselling pamphlet on how television duos are supposed to work. But we’ve found something that obviously works for us.”

* Read the full interview in Radio Times

 

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