See how the couple's romance has developed

Lisa Faulkner and John Torode are the ultimate culinary power couple!

Our gallery charts their sweet love story in pictures, from when they first get to know each other as friends to their public displays of affection as a couple…

It all starts when actress Lisa enters and then wins Celebrity MasterChef in 2010, and in the process becomes acquainted with chef John who is a judge on the show alongside Gregg Wallace.


Lisa later admits that they’d actually met several years earlier when they both appeared on This Morning but John doesn’t remember it.

‘He has no recollection of it, so I’m like, “Obviously I was memorable”,’ Lisa quips. They become friends after Lisa’s MasterChef victory.

In 2011 both stars find themselves single after their relationships end. John separates from wife Jessica, the mother of two of his four children, whilst Lisa splits from husband Chris Coghill, with whom she has an adopted daughter called Billie.

Lisa Faulkner and John Torode are speculated to have started dating in late 2012. She later reveals that it was John who made the first move.

‘Both single, one day he just asked me out for a date,’ she says. ‘I just said, “Yeah, all right” and it was one of those moments when we both started smiling.’

It’s not until 2013 that the couple show they’re together by stepping out holding hands. Later in the year it’s clear that things are going well when they enjoy a family outing to a film premiere with Lisa’s daughter Billie.


Lisa forges a career as a cook whilst John continues to be a regular face on TV with MasterChef. Yet despite both of them being in the public eye, the lovebirds manage to keep their romance low-key.

‘Our relationship is as quiet and private as it can be when you both work in television,’ says Lisa.

By 2015 they seem happy to flaunt their love though and John is even caught pinching Lisa’s bum at an awards do. Cheeky!

They also share adorable messages for each other on social media and there are rumours in April 2015 that John is moving in with his girl when he’s pictured packing his belongings into a removals van.

Over time their romance continues to blossom and they’re always cutely supportive of each other, with John praising Lisa when she makes her acting return to EastEnders in April 2017. Awww.

Check out the gallery below to find out more about Lisa Faulkner and John Torode‘s love story…