John Torode revealed that he gains at least half a stone while filming a series of MasterChef, and insisted that vegan food can ‘absolutely’ be as tasty as meat.
The Australian-born chef, 54, appeared on Good Morning Britain today where he admitted that while he ‘tries not to worry’ about his weight hosting the BBC cooking show, he typically gains around seven pounds and has to ‘drop weight’ after filming.
John, who recently tied the knot with actress Lisa Faulkner, also gave his views on veganism, saying that plant-based food can be delicious.
But he added that he does have an ‘issue’ with certain plant-based alternatives marketing themselves as healthy when many consumers have no idea what’s in them.
He said: ‘I have an issue with the vegan sausage, because that has pork and fat so you know what’s in it, it’s a fatty product.
John Torode 54, (pictured) appeared on Good Morning Britain today where he admitted he gains at least half a stone while filming a series of MasterChef
‘That’s one of the things that concerns me – vegan steak or whatever. It is a hard terminology thing, because what are you eating? With beef you know it’s a piece of beef.’
Referring to his weight gain during MasterChef, John explained: ‘I try not to worry about it on the series. When I finish the series I’ll decompress and I’ll cycle more and try and drop the weight.
‘You do go up at least half a stone. I suppose because everything you’re eating is luxurious, it’s celebration.
‘So you have a crumble with extra butter, with extra nuts and it’ll have custard and cream with it, so that means you gain weight. But it’s fantastic, what a job.’
He admitted that while he ‘tries not to worry’ about his weight hosting the BBC cooking show, he typically gains around seven pounds and has to ‘drop weight’ after filming
He went on to argue that vegan food can ‘completely’ be as satisfying as meat, and credited countries like India with making plant-based food ‘delicious’.