The recipe of love! Heartbroken MasterChef presenter John Torode 'finds romance with celebrity winner Lisa Faulkner'
16:03 GMT, 18 November 2012
She may have impressed in the kitchen but it appears it wasn't just Lisa Faulkner's cakes which caught the eye of MasterChef's John Torode.
Blonde Lisa has apparently become close to the 47-year-old chef after he romantically pursued the Holby City actress following her split from her husband.
And the pair obviously don't want to hide their romance as they were seen canoodling as they left the chef's home on a date on Friday evening, returning hours later.
A friend told MailOnline: 'It's very early days but yes, they are seeing each other.'
More than friends: Lisa Faulkner and chef John Torode have been seen at a number of public events but have now reportedly gone public with their romance
Earlier that week Australian romantic chef John was seen with roses and gifts as he waited to meet the 40-year-old blonde, the Sunday Mirror reported.
Friends of the pair said both were heartbroken when they met as they had both just recently separated from their spouses and it was very early days in the relationship.
Lisa's husband Chris Hoghill, who played Tony King in EastEnders, moved out of their marital home seven months ago.
Winner: Lisa credited MasterChef with reviving her flagging career and giving her the confidence to write a cookbook
It was then she met John, whose wife Jessica had also left him earlier in the year.
Mother-of-one Lisa was crowned MasterChef winner two years ago and has thanked the show for revitalising her career.
After she scooped the title she released a cookbook of recipes from her childhood and even worked at John's restaurant Smith's in Smithfield London for a spell.
Achievement: Lisa said she had been suffering low self-esteem before winning the show in 2010
The pair have also been on BBC One's The Food factory and in two weeks will appear alongside each other at the Good Food Show Winter at the NEC in Birmingham.
Speaking about her MasterChef win earlier this year, Lisa said: 'It opened up a new world to me. i now cook all the time, I cook every day. I try things I've never tried.'
Lisa met her husband after her public split with heartthrob Jonny Lee Miller and they went on to marry in Richmond in 2005.
Recipe for love: Lisa met presenter John on Masterchef in 2010, they have since made a number of public appearances together
Despite being keen to start a family the actress suffered a ruptured ecptopic pregnancy and IVF treatment failed.
They eventually decided to adopt and welcomed then 15-month-old Billie.
Lisa, who released a cookery book inspired by her mother's recipes, took 12 months off work to concetrate on being a mother but found it difficult to return.
Happier times: Lisa and husband Chris Coghill with pal Angela Griffin in 2008
She credited winning MasterChef with feeling better about herself and said: 'When I went on Masterchef all my confidence had been lost through IVF, adopted and ectopic pregnancy.
'I felt really small.'Her book was a tribute to her mother Julie, who died when she was just 16.
Chef John also lost his mother as a child.
John, who has four children, split from his second wife after four years of marriage. They have a seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. He has two children from a previous relationship.
MailOnline has contacted Lisa and John for a comment.