Gregg Wallace

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Gregg Wallace
Gregg Wallace Masterchef Live 2010.jpg
Wallace judging at "MasterChef Live" in 2010
Born Gregg Allan Wallace
(1964-10-17) 17 October 1964 (age 49)
Elephant & Castle, South London, England
Nationality English
Occupation Broadcaster, writer, entrepreneur
Years active since 2002
Employer BBC
Known for MasterChef
Home town {Whitstable, Kent, England
Spouse(s)
  • Christine (m. 1991–91)
  • Denise (m. 1999–2004)
  • Heidi Brown (m. 2011–12)

Gregg Allan Wallace (born 17 October 1964)[1] is a British television presenter best known for co-presenting MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC One and BBC Two. He is also a writer, media personality and former greengrocer, costermonger and farmer. He has jokingly referred to himself as "just the fat, bald bloke on MasterChef who likes pudding".[2]

Early life[edit]

Wallace was born in Peckham, southeast London. At 14, his parents divorced, and he discovered that his uncle was actually his biological father.[3]

Career[edit]

Wallace (right) with John Torode at MasterChef Live in 2009

Wallace began his career selling vegetables at a stand in Covent Garden. In 1989, he started George Allan’s Greengrocers, a company that built up to an eventual turnover of £7.5 million. Based on his business success, Wallace was invited to co-present Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4 with Charlie Hicks for seven years.

In 2010, Wallace opened the restaurant 'Wallace & Co' in Putney where he serves as one of the directors. In 2012, he opened 'Gregg's Bar & Grill' in a joint venture with the Bermondsey Square Hotel in Bermondsey Square.

In August 2013, it was reported that one of Wallace's companies, West Veg Limited, had folded, owing more than £500,000.[4]

Presenting[edit]

Wallace was the original presenter of Saturday Kitchen from 2002 until being replaced by Antony Worrall Thompson in 2003.[5] Wallace also presented Veg Out for the Discovery Channel, and Follow That Tomato for The Food Channel, resulting in a Royal Television Society award for Best Lifestyle Programme in 2003. Since 2005, he has been co-presenter and judge of BBC cooking show MasterChef with John Torode.

In 2008 and 2009, Wallace presented two editions of The Money Programme on the effect that the current financial crisis is having on the public's attitudes towards food.[6][7]

In August 2013, Wallace presented Supermarket Secrets, a BBC One programme about supermarket food sourcing and distribution, and in September 2013, he co-presented Harvest 2013, a three-part documentary following the progress of Britain's vegetable, cereal and fruit harvests.

Guest appearances[edit]

In 2007, Wallace appeared in the BBC singing contest Just the Two of Us where he partnered Carol Decker and were the first to be eliminated.

In 2010, Wallace appeared as one of the historical experts in the BBC One series Turn Back Time: The High Street with Tom Herbert and Juliet Gardiner.

On 27 January 2012, he appeared in an episode of Room 101 on BBC One.

In August 2012, Wallace was the subject of an edition of BBC 's Who Do You Think You Are?.[8]

In 2014, Wallace appeared as a guest panellist on the BBC Two programme An Extra Slice.[9]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing

On 29 August 2014, Wallace was announced as a contestant on the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Other work[edit]

Wallace regularly writes for Good Food and Olive magazine.

Personal life[edit]

Wallace has been married and divorced three times. He has two teenage children from his second marriage, Tom and Libby.[10]

Wallace married second wife Denise, a former pastry chef, in 1999 and they had two ­children ­together. They split in 2004 and Wallace got full custody of the children. Wallace met his third wife Heidi, a teacher from Cumbria who is 17 years his junior, in 2009 after she asked him a question about celery and pollock on Twitter. Giving up her job as a biology teacher at Ullswater Community College in Penrith, the couple married in 2010. They are divorced, with Wallace splitting his time between London and the family home in Whitstable, Kent where he lives with his two children.[3][11]

He has a Level 2 rugby union coaching certificate, and used to play for London Welsh Vets.

In August 2013 it was reported that Wallace had punched a man 5 times at a dinner he was hosting at the Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham, Worcestershire, for allegedly touching his girlfriend. He is currently in a relationship with caterer Anne Marie Sterpini, who is 21 years his junior.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Independent - 5 minute interview
  2. ^ Manenti, Kyla (21 January 2011). "Gregg Wallace: the bald, fat thug on Masterchef". iVillage. 
  3. ^ a b Rebecca Hardy (13 April 2012). "Marriage doesn’t get tougher than this! MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and his wife of 15 months reveal why she's had to leave him". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Huffington Post''
  5. ^ BBC - Food - TV and radio
  6. ^ Lueck, Marianne (20 November 2008). "Pinch helps discount supermarkets". BBC News. 
  7. ^ Farnham, Jacqui (29 June 2009). "Recession bites into eating habits". BBC News. 
  8. ^ "Gregg Wallace". BBC. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Gregg Wallace". United Agents. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  11. ^ "It doesn't get any tougher than this": MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace splits up with his third wife after just 14 months". Daily Mirror. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace 'involved in brawl'". BBC News. 19 August 2013. 

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