2 November 2020
‘MasterChef’ judge Gregg Wallace had a diet of McDonald’s and kebabs when he was younger, before learning how to cook healthy meals for his kids
Gregg Wallace lived on a diet of McDonald’s, kebabs and fish finger sandwiches during his younger years.
The 56-year-old TV presenter – who has children Tom and Libby from his second marriage to Denise, and 17-month-old son Sid with his wife Anne-Marie – didn’t start taking care of his body and eating healthy food until he began cooking for his children after opening his own fruit and veg company at just 24 years old.
He told The Big Issue magazine: “I didn’t look after myself particularly well in those first years of living alone. My diet was fish finger sandwiches, fry ups, McDonald’s and kebabs.”
Gregg discovered a new world of tasty and nutritious meals after he started his company George Allan’s Greengrocers in 1989.
He later opened the restaurant Wallace & Co in 2010 and Gregg’s Bar & Grill two years later, but both restaurants have since folded.
The star recently took part in a weight loss programme after he was told his cholesterol level was dangerously high and he was at risk of having a heart attack.
He lost nearly four stone and has since launched his own meal plan and workout routines.
However, if Gregg could give some advice to his younger self he would tell him to start cooking sooner as it helped open up many opportunities for him.
He continued: “If I could go back to talk to my younger self I’d tell him to start eating healthier. I’d say, ‘Mate, learn to cook. A whole new world of opportunity will open up for you.
“Just buy two steaks in the supermarket, go home and put them in a pan. Get two slices of bread. You’ll be fine, honestly. It’s really, really easy to do. I promise you’ll like it, you’ll like it a great deal.’”