Wallace judging at "MasterChef Live" in 2010
Gregg Allan Wallace|
17 October 1964
Peckham, South East London, England
|Occupation||Broadcaster, writer, entrepreneur|
|Home town||Whitstable, Kent, England|
Gregg Allan Wallace (born 17 October 1964) is an English television presenter 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 baker, costermonger and farmer. He has jokingly referred to himself as "just the fat, bald bloke on MasterChef who likes pudding".
Wallace was born in Elephant and Castle, London. He 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 served 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. In 2014, both of his restaurants folded, with Wallace & Co owing suppliers £150,000.
Wallace was the original presenter of Saturday Kitchen from 2002 until being replaced by Antony Worrall Thompson in 2003. 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 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.
Since 2013, Wallace has co-presented Eat Well for Less?, a factual BBC series alongside Chris Bavin and since 2015, he has co-presented Inside the Factory alongside Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman for BBC Two.
Strictly Come Dancing
In September 2014 Wallace was a contestant on the twelfth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with professional Aliona Vilani. In the first week Wallace danced a Cha-cha-cha to Katy Perry's "Hot n Cold". During the judges' comments, Wallace joked about the lack of success shown by Craig Revel Horwood in a previous series of Celebrity Masterchef. He left the show in the second week, after the first public vote, when the Waltz danced by Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus was preferred by the judges to Vilani and Wallace's Charleston.
Wallace regularly writes for Good Food and Olive magazine. Gregg was the main voice in the 2013 YouTube hit "Buttery Biscuit Base", in which his voice was taken from a number of episodes of MasterChef and used to create a song.
Wallace has been married four times and divorced three times. He has two teenage children from his second marriage. Wallace married second wife Denise, a former pastry chef, in 1999. The couple separated in 2004 and Wallace won full custody of their children. Wallace met his third wife Heidi in 2009 and the couple married in 2010. They separated after 15 months of marriage, and later divorced.
Wallace met Anne-Marie Sterpini, who is 21 years his junior, on Twitter in 2013 and they married in August 2016. Masterchef co-host John Torode served as best man at Wallace and Sterpini's wedding at Hever Castle, Kent.
In March 2018, Wallace refused to judge Zaleha Kadir Olpin's dish in Masterchef UK, claiming that the stewed "chicken rendang" dish was not "crispy enough and could not be eaten". This remark caused a significant media and public backlash in some prominent members of the ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei, as the dish is a stewed, soft and tender dish, and not intended to be "crispy".
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