MASTERCHEF judge Gregg Wallace is blissfully in love with fourth wife Anna who is 22 years his junior – and insists he doesn’t notice the age gap.
It doesn’t bother him, either, because he spends all day having a laugh with his mother-in-law.
The presenter, 54, who has fronted the BBC cookery competition for 16 years with John Torode, wed Anna in 2016.
The couple live in Kent with their 11-month-old son, Sid, and Italian Anna’s dad Massimo and mum Rena.
Speaking on the eve of Friday night’s final, Gregg said: “I love Rena — we have such a giggle. We are roughly the same age.
“Me and Rena remember the same TV shows and sing the same 1970s pop songs.
“Anna doesn’t know what we are talking about. We were singing Boney M at breakfast this morning and Anna has no idea.”
The ex-greengrocer, who has two grown-up kids from a previous marriage, admits he is a workaholic and often worries about providing for his baby son’s future.
He said: “I’ve always been a worrier. We don’t spend loads of money. I want to make sure that when I’m gone, my wife is looked after and financially safe.
“She won’t discuss it with me but her mum will because she is very practical.
Gregg, who has shed 4st in recent years, added: “I’m proud to say I’ve gone from somebody that Sid didn’t recognise to being his favourite. I’m his playmate. I’m also a big rugby fan and qualified coach. I took my other son to play, and want to do the same with Sid, so it’s important I stay fit.”
AFTER filming MasterChef and the show’s celebrity version back to back, Gregg and John are on a well-earned break from each other.
They have not picked up the phone during lockdown, though they do keep an eye out via Instagram.
John said: “I haven’t been in touch with Gregg at all.
“We’d been working together for eight months so come March, it was like, ‘See you later’.
“You don’t do a show like MasterChef for 16 years without it being emotional.
“There’ll be times when it’s rough and bumpy. Anyone who works together that much has an up-and-down relationship. But it’s tempered by the greatness of the challenges.”
Gregg said: “There are no long, meaningful chats. I can see via Instagram that he’s building a Lego jeep and cooking with his beautiful wife (actress Lisa Faulkner).”
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