He is most famous for his role as TV judge on Master Chef, starring in both the British and Australian versions of the show.
At 16 years old, John left school to attend catering college.
Upon their return to the Master Chef studio, the five celebrities must then prepare a two-course meal for the judges before one of them is sent home.
While working at Quaglino's, John first met his fellow Master Chef judge Gregg Wallace, who was running a vegetable supply company.
The popular television personality cooked regularly on ITV's This Morning for four years, between 19.
TV chef John Torode is a veteran at putting amateur cooks (and famous faces) through their paces in the Master Chef kitchen.
Along with ex-greengrocer Gregg Wallace, John loves tucking into delicious food before giving his frank verdict on the dish. The 51-year-old was born in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in London.
It's featured a plethora of stars over its past seasons, from Millie Mackintosh to Rylan Clark Neal, to Amy Childs and Sarah Harding.
And now a new batch are about to be thrown to the wolves - or, rather, judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode - as the new season of Celebrity Master Chef returns on BBCOne.
Celebs including former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens, Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and comedian Vic Reeves will be put to the test in the kitchen this time round, all hoping to match the culinary prowess of last year's winner, actor Alexis Conran.
The 20 celeb cooks include TV presenters Angellica Bell and Ulrika Jonsson, snooker champion Stephen Hendry and singers Patti Boulaye, Lesley Garrett and Union J's Jaymi Hensley.
Fears were raised for the Master Chef judge after a snap surfaced of him a hospital bed at the end of 2016.
After he took a tumble while horseriding, John was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, in Paddington, London, on Boxing Day. On December 21 2017, together with Gregg Wallace, John crowned Craig Johnston as the youngest ever champion of Master Chef: The Professionals. If we do go out for a drink, I’ll invariably be at one end of a big old table and he’ll be at the other.” However, he later backtracked and insisted on Good Morning Britain that the pair are "always friends", putting a stop to rumours that the duo feud off-screen.
Lisa has joined the soap as businesswoman Fi Browning and she revealed that John has some serious soap knowledge. ' "He’s so excited and he’s a really big East Enders fan.