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 51)
Elephant & Castle, South London, England
Nationality English
Occupation Broadcaster, writer, entrepreneur
Years active 2002–present
Employer BBC
Known for MasterChef
Eat Well for Less?
Home town Whitstable, Kent, England
  • Christine (m. 1991–91)
  • Denise (m. 1999–2004)
  • Heidi Brown (m. 2011–12)

Gregg Allan Wallace (born 17 October 1964)[1] 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 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 father was not his biological parent.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] In 2014, both of his restaurants folded, with Wallace & Co owing suppliers £150,000.[6]


Wallace was the original presenter of Saturday Kitchen from 2002 until being 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 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.[8][9]

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.

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?.[10]

In 2014, Wallace appeared as a guest panellist on the BBC Two programme An Extra Slice.[11]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: 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.[12]

Other work[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Wallace has been married and divorced three times. He has two teenage children from his second marriage, Tom and Libby.[13]

Wallace married second wife Denise, a former pastry chef, in 1999. They split in 2004 and Wallace got full custody of the children. Wallace met his third wife Heidi, a teacher from Cumbria and who is 17 years his junior, in 2009 after she asked him a question about celery and pollock on Twitter. She gave up her job as a biology teacher at Ullswater Community College in Penrith, and 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][14]

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.[15]

Wallace is a Millwall F.C. fan. He was arrested for assault at a match when he was 20.


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