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This Morning chefs lives – sad co-star split, royal link and huge net worth

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It’s fair to say This Morning is one of the hottest daytime shows on the silver screen, as celebrities rush to appear on the ITV show watched by millions of viewers each day.

But the beloved show wouldn’t be the same without its regular dose of mouth-watering food as TV chefs from far and wide regularly battle it out to appear on the show and showcase their impressive culinary skills.

Over the years, viewers have grown fond of many of the cooks to grace our screens, including Phil Vickery, James Martin, Gino D’Acampo and John Torode who quickly became regular stars on the show.

But what many of the adoring fans don’t know is about what these national favourites are like away from the cameras.

Ahead of long-standing chef Phil Vickery’s 60th birthday, Daily Star have taken a look inside the lives of the popular TV chefs away from the ITV kitchen.

John Torode

One of the first award-winning chefs to appear on the popular daytime show was Australian native John Torode, who blagged his way onto the show where he later became a household name.

The cook first started his culinary career at the age of 16 where he developed a passion for cooking from his grandmother in Australia.

He then went on to attend a catering college and worked for the Conran restaurants in the UK where he met his fellow MasterChef judge Greg Wallace while working at Quaglino’s.

But it was his role on This Morning which made him a cookery connoisseur when he managed to swindle his way onto the show back in 1996.

Speaking at the time, John recalled: “If you want to do anything in life, you've got to be bold enough to start out. That’s how my TV career began.

“I was. Young chef working at Mezzo in London when a TV crew came in to do some filming. As they left, I said to the producer, ‘If you need anyone again for TV, I’m up for it!’”

He added: “Next think I know, I'm on This Morning.”

Just nine years later the presenter went on to launch his now infamous cookery show MasterChef alongside Greg which tasked everyday cooks with the opportunity of producing Michelin star quality food.

The overwhelming success of the show, and the spin-off celebrity version, eventually led to the chef meeting his future wife Lisa Faulkner in 2010, despite the fact the pair were still married to their former partners at the time.

It was a further five years before John asked the blonde bombshell out on a date, but it’s clear to see they are made for each other.

After just four years of dating the happy couple went on to tie the knot in 2019 where they married at Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire in front of their close family and friends which stretched over two days.

Lisa told Hello! Magazine at the time: “I love being with him. We don’t stop talking – chat, chat, chat. He’s like my best mate.”

John has four children from his previous relationships, two children from his 14-year-long marriage to Jessica Torode named Lulu and Jonah.

He also has two more children from his first marriage to Angela Torode, named Casper and Marselle.

Lisa is a mum to her daughter Billie, who she adopted with her former husband Chris Coghill in 2006 after the actress underwent four rounds of failed IVF treatment, several miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy.

Phil Vickery

Another long-standing This Morning chef is Phil Vickery who is set to celebrate his 60th birthday this week after cooking up a storm on the show for more than 26 years.

But that’s not where the culinary master started his TV career, after he shot to fame while appearing on the popular BBC One cooking show Ready, Steady, Cook in 1996.

Throughout his time on beloved TV show, the cook was nicknamed “Phil Victory” due to his high win record after appearing on the series more than 200 times between 1996 and 2010 until it’s retirement.

But it wasn't all work, work, work on the cookery show, as he later explained it was also the place where he met his future wife and former This Morning presenter Fern Britton back in 1999.

The happy couple went on to welcome their daughter Winnie, 20, during their 20 years of marriage, yet it appears as though it wasn’t meant to be as the couple went their separate ways and announced their divorce in 2020.

In a joint statement, they wrote: “After more than 20 happy years together, Phil and I have decided to go our separate ways.

“We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children. We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time.

“Thank you for your continued kindness,” they added.

Since their shocking split, the TV presenter lifted the lid on her “sad” divorce from the chef during an interview in June last year.

She told Lorraine at the time: “Unfortunately, Phil and I fell apart. And I had this book to write and get it out on the deadline.

“We separated at the beginning of the year and fortunately it’s all smooth. We just came to the end of the road, you know, which is sad.”

Gino D’Acampo

We can't talk about TV chefs without mentioning Gino D'Acampo who has flourished into the charismatic cook who stole the hearts of the nation on This Morning.

But unfortunately, the Italian stallion one has eyes for his gorgeous wife Jessica Stellina Morrison who he has been in a relationship with for almost three decades.

Childhood sweethearts Gino and Jessica first met as teenagers when they both worked at Sylvester Stallone's Mambo King restaurant in Marbella.

However the cook says it definitely wasn't love at first sight after they spent the first few weeks arguing before they would share their first kiss in the meat fridge.

The happy couple went on to tie the knot in 2002 and welcome three children together – sons Luciano, 20, and Rocco, 17, and nine-year-old daughter Mia.

He later told The Independent that getting married helped transform him into the man he is today, saying: "I was a boy, so I decided to get married and then I will be a man."

One of the key pillars in their relationship is trust, as Gino reveals how he employs hundreds of women in his restaurants and is regularly surrounded by women on TV.

Speaking to Weekend magazine in 2019, he explained: "When I met my wife I realised she was an extremely generous, clever woman.

"She doesn't get jealous. She understands that if you want to be unfaithful, you'll do it anyway. It's a matter of trust."

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gino has managed to rake in a fortune of £8m thanks to his successful TV career, including stints on Celebrity Juice and Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip.

Clodagh McKenna

This Morning's Clodagh McKenna is fairly new to the ITV family but it's fair to say the blonde bombshell has quickly become a fan favourite.

The culinary whiz, 45, is often seen whipping up a delicious recipe on the beloved daytime show while talking viewers through her crazy creations.

But outside of the kitchen, the Irish belle shares a loving relationship with aristocrat husband Harry Herbert who shares a secret link to the royal family.

Before meeting Clodagh, Harry was in a committed 25-year marriage and shares three grown-up children with his ex-wife.

The TV chef had also come out of a long-term relationship when she met her future husband at a Fortnum and Mason lunch through friends back in 2017.

Three years into their relationship, the doting husband took her through the woods of Highclere Park where they pair went on their second date which happens to be the grounds of which the house where Downton Abbey is often filmed.

It was at this point that he got down on one knee and pope the question as Clodagh took to social media to announce their exciting news online.

The happy couple got engaged at the end of 2020 and officially tied the knot back in August last year during an intimate ceremony surrounded by their family and friends.

And the happy couple exchanged their vows at Harry'd family home in Highclere where went on to become their loving home as she shared a slew of stunning snaps from their big day on Instagram.

Clodagh shared the special moment with her adoring fans on social media, writing: "On the 14th August I married the love of my life [heart emoji] which was the happiest day of my life."

As they continue to live out their days together in the stunning home featured in the ITV period drama, it appears as though aristocrat Harry also has links to the royal family.

His father Henry was the 7th Earl of Carnavon, Lord Porchester, which fans of the Netflix series The Crown will remember him as Porches the Queen's close pal and racing manager.

Unfortunately, Henry died of a heart attack in 2001, which left his sprawling estate to Harry and his brother and sister with the trio evenly splitting the vast amount of land evenly.

It is understood Harry's brother lives in a castle while his sister has set up home somewhere else on the estate as Harry and Clodagh call a property named Broadspear – situated on the family grounds – their home.

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