Gregg Wallace

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Gregg Wallace
Gregg Wallace Masterchef Live 2010.jpg
Gregg 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 (Family origin)
Spouse(s)

Christine (divorced)
Denise (divorced)

Heidi Brown (m. 2011)[1][2]

Gregg Allan Wallace (born 17 October 1964[3]) is an English television presenter best known for co-presenting MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC Two and BBC One. He is also a writer, media personality and former greengrocer, costermonger and farmer. He has referred to himself jokingly as just: "the fat, bald bloke on MasterChef who likes pudding".[4]

Early life[edit]

Wallace was born in Peckham, southeast London. When he was 14, his parents divorced, and he discovered that the long-term lover of his mother, Mary K. (Springett),[5] was actually his biological father.[6]

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. He currently owns two restaurants in Bermondsey, Wallace & Co. and Gregg's Bar & Grill.[6]

Based on his business success, he was invited to co-present Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4 with Charlie Hicks for seven years. He was the original presenter of Saturday Kitchen from 2002 until he was replaced by Antony Worrall Thompson in 2003.[7] 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 the BBC competitive cooking show MasterChef, along with John Torode.

In 2007, he appeared in the BBC reality TV singing contest Just the Two of Us where he partnered Carol Decker; they were the first to be eliminated. In 2008 and 2009, he presented two editions of The Money Programme on the effect that the current financial crisis is having on the public's attitudes towards food.[8][9] In 2010, he appeared as one of the historical experts in the BBC One historical recreation series Turn Back Time: The High Street alongside Tom Herbert and Juliet Gardiner. Wallace regularly writes for Good Food and Olive magazine.

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 2012, Wallace was the subject of an edition of the BBC TV genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?.[10] In August 2013, Wallace presented Supermarket Secrets, a BBC One programme about supermarket food sourcing and distribution, and in September 2013 he co-presented another BBC show, Harvest 2013, a three-part documentary following the progress of Britain's vegetable, cereal and fruit harvests.

In August, 2013, it was reported that one of Wallace's companies, West Veg Limited, had folded, owing more than £500,000.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Wallace has been married three times. He has two teenage children from his second marriage, Tom and Libby.[12]

He married second wife Denise, a former pastry chef, in 1999 and they had their two ­children ­together. But 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.[6][13]

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.[14]

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