The actress-turned-cook has been putting her skills to good use

When the public associates a celebrity with one skill, it can sometimes be difficult for them to prove their worth in another field.

Luckily for Lisa Faulkner, that’s far from the case. Ever since winning Celebrity MasterChef in 2010, she’s been carving out a name for herself as a reputable cook – which has now culminated in the creation of a menu at London’s Sky Kids Café.

‘I never call myself a chef, I always call myself a cook,’ Lisa explained to Now. ‘I absolutely love cooking, and it’s so nice to have a second career at the age of 44.’

Now, she’s just as passionate about making meals as much as acting! Yet while the former Holby City actress admits that food is her main focus at the moment, she’s just as willing to get back on the screens if the job was right: ‘If there was an acting job that came up and pushed all my buttons, I’d be very excited about that as much as cooking a new recipe.’

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In pictures: Lisa Faulkner and John Torode’s love story 

Not only did MasterChef expand her occupational life, it brought her together with partner – and show judge – John Torode. After becoming friends during her time competing, they became an item around late 2012 – and thankfully, there’s no need for competition in this kitchen!


‘John does a pretty good steak,’ she reveals. ‘I hate chips, so I’ll usually eat it with some sort of mashed potato. And always with vegetables – I love rainbow chard, I love spinach, watercress, broccoli. We eat very well in our family.’

Lisa Faulkner and John Torode

Lisa Faulkner and John Torode at the launch of her cook book in 2015

Lisa has a nine-year-old daughter, who she adopted at 15-months-old with ex-husband Chris Coghill – and above all, motherhood seems to have been the most meaningful win in her life.

‘Being a mum has changed me in the fact that it was a dream come true,’ Lisa gushed. ‘I wanted to be a mum for a very long time and I wake up every day and smell my wonderful daughter and think I am so blessed. I am more and more thankful, and more and more grateful.’

Aww! And in terms of difficulty, parenthood tops both acting and cooking: ‘It is the hardest job I’ve ever done – being responsible for somebody to do really well, and wanting them to have as easy and as good a life as possible, and make sure they don’t fall.’

And the one daughter is just right for her – she and John aren’t looking to expand their family anytime soon: ‘I’m very happy’.

We’re glad to hear it!

Lisa Faulkner has curated a kids menu for the Sky Kids Café, inspired by shows from the new Sky Kids app. Open from 30 May to 1 June, book your free visit at