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John Torode is not one to hold back on saying what he does and doesn’t like about some of the dishes served up on MasterChef.

But the straight-talking Aussie chef has insisted he would never dare criticise girlfriend Lisa Faulkner’s cooking.

John said: “Can you imagine me going to somebody’s house, or to Lisa, and saying, ‘Well I think this would work, maybe if you did this…’ That would be the rudest thing in the whole world.”

John and Lisa have been dating since 2011 (Chris Radburn/PA)John Torode and Lisa Faulkner have been dating since 2011 (Chris Radburn/PA)

The couple met when Lisa won Celebrity MasterChef in 2010 and began dating in 2011.

He said: “She’s such an amazing cook. She’s so great and so generous, and she’s pretty good-looking as well. The old man did all right!”

But one person they won’t be having round to dinner is John’s fellow MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace.

John and Gregg host MasterChef together (BBC/Shine TV)John and Gregg host MasterChef together (BBC/Shine TV)

John said: “”We’re like an old married couple who travel away from each other all the time.

“We don’t really spend time together. I have no idea where he is when we’re not filming, we have very different lives, different tastes, we listen to different music,” said John. “I’m cool and he’s a bit old and doddery!”

MasterChef returns to BBC1 on Tuesday 10 March at 9.00pm.