John Torode and Lisa Faulkner over with a romantic gesture

John Torode’s romantic gesture that melted ‘terrified’ Lisa Faulkner’s heart

Lisa admits she wasn't always so smitten by her husband!

John Torode’s wife Lisa Faulkner has admitted she was once “terrified” of the celebrity chef.

Lisa, 49, is now happily married to John and they even work together on ITV’s John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen.

But the former Holby City star was not always so smitten by the 56-year-old Aussie cook.

John Torode won Lisa Faulkner over with a romantic gesture
Lisa Faulkner admits she was ‘terrified’ of John Torode when she first met him (Credit:

How did John Torode win Lisa Faulkner over?

Although Lisa first caught John’s eye during the 2010 series of Celebrity MasterChef, the feeling wasn’t initially mutual.

Speaking to Prima, Lisa admits that she was actually fearful of him.

It was only when John impressed her with a romantic gesture two years later that her heart softened.

Lisa said: “I was terrified of him, but when we got to know each other afterwards I realised he was a great laugh.

“Then he wrote me a letter to ask me out, which I thought was very sweet.”

John Torode and Lisa Faulkner on John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen
John and Lisa have been married for two years (Credit: ITV)

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Lisa and John dated for six years before he popped the question in 2018.

Proving what a true romantic he really is, the MasterChef star got down on one knee on Christmas Day.

Lisa also told the magazine: “We were in India for Christmas, just the two of us, and we’d said we were only going to do small presents.

“I got him some yoga trousers and he got me an engagement ring!”

Less than a year after they got engaged, the couple tied the knot.

John Torode won Lisa Faulkner over with a romantic gesture
The couple invited their showbiz pals to their wedding (Credit:

John and Lisa held their fairytale wedding at Aynhoe Park in Northamptonshire 10 months later.

They invited close family and friends, including some famous faces.

Amanda Holden was among the congregation, along with John’s MasterChef co-star Gregg Wallace, and actresses Angela Griffin and Tamzin Outhwaite.

‘A working honeymoon’

John and Lisa both have five children between them from previous relationships.

But despite their home life often being chaotic, the couple love nothing more than working together.

John Torode and Lisa Faulkner on John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen
The new series of John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen will run up until Christmas (Credit: ITV)

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The seventh series of John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen kicks off [ON SAT/TODAY] proving just what a great team they make.

Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, Lisa previously said: “Working together has been like a honeymoon.

“I’ve got to spend every day with my best friend.”

John added: “Doing something you love with someone you love is a real joy.”

  • John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen, 11.40am, ITV1, Saturday November 13

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