From meeting his wife on social media to starting his career as a greengrocer, there is lots to learn about Gregg Wallace...
Celebrity chef Gregg Wallace has become a household after joining weekend cooking show, Saturday Kitchen, in 2002.
Since then Gregg has found fame talking about all things food-related, and has presented shows like Eat Well for Less and Inside the Factory.
Most fans of the chef will know that:
- He also presents historical TV shows for The BBC.
- He’s written for Good Food and Olive magazine.
- He loves a good pudding!
Gregg Wallace: little known facts about the celebrity chef…
He started his career as a greengrocer
Gregg kick-started his career by selling vegetables at a stall in Covert Garden, but it didn’t take long for him to set up his business, George Allan’s Greengrocers, which was hugely successful. He was then invited to present Radio 4 show Veg Talk… which aired for a staggering 7 years.
Gregg Wallace met his wife on Twitter
In 2013 Gregg met Anna-Marie Sterpini on Twitter when she contracted him to ask if rhubarb really went with duck after watching him cook a recipe on TV. He told Hello: “I just looked at Anna’s photo and thought, ‘Wow, she’s pretty!'” The pair then started swapping messages on social media before organising a dinner date in London.
John Torode was his best man
Three years after meeting on social media, Gregg and Anna tied the knot at Heaver Castle in Kent. Gregg asked his MasterChef co-host John to be his best man, insisting there was no one better for the job. He told Hello: “There is no part of my life John isn’t aware of. He’s seen me though the good, the bad and the ugly and has always been there for me, so it was a very easy choice to make.”
He’s launched his own fitness brand
After being told by doctors that his cholesterol levels were dangerously high, Gregg took on a weight-loss programme and dropped an amazing four stone. Since then Gregg has launched his own fitness website called ShowMe.Fit, and his wife, Anna, is also involved. For £7 a month, fans can join up and revive workouts, nutritional information and motivation, all devised by Gregg himself and personal trainer Danny Rai.
He loves taking part in reality TV shows
Gregg appeared in BBC singing contest Just the Two of Us in 2007, where he was paid with professional singer Carol Decker, the lead singer for 80s band, T’Pau. The pair were sadly the first to be eliminated. In 2014 Gregg took part in Strictly Come Dancing, and was partnered with professional dancer Aliona Vilani. The pair were voted out by the public in the second week.
He’s best friends with his wife’s mum
Gregg has admitted that he gets on brilliantly with Anna’s mum, Rena, because they are around the same age. The TV chef revealed that the pair of them will chat about TV shows and 1970s chart hits, but his wife who is 22 years his junior, has no idea what they’re talking about. He told The Sun: “I love Rena – we have such a giggle. We remember the same TV shows and songs… this morning we were singing Boney M at breakfast and Anna has no idea!”
He’s a huge rugby fan
After growing up playing rugby at school, Gregg is a huge follower of the sport and he spends his down time watching his beloved Rugby Football Club, Wasps. His nephew was even in the Wasps academy.
Gregg Wallace’s Fact File
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the celebrity chef….
How old is he?
Gregg Wallace’s age is 55. His date of birth is 17th October 1964.
Is he in a relationship?
Gregg Wallace married his wife, Anna, in 2016.
Does he have kids?
Gregg Wallace has three children. Gregg and Anna have a son called Sid together, and Gregg has two grown up children from a pervious marriage called Tom and Libby.
Where was he born?
Gregg Wallace was born in Peckham, London.
How tall is he?
Gregg Wallace’s height is 5 foot8.
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