The curse of MasterChef: Gregg Wallace splits from third wife, just two months after co-host"s separation


The curse of MasterChef: Gregg Wallace splits from third wife, just two months after co-host's separation

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07:47 GMT, 19 March 2012

Being host of one of TV's best-loved cookery shows doesn't appear to be a recipe for a successful marriage.

Just
two months after MasterChef host John Torode separated from his wife,
it was revealed his co-star Gregg Wallace has split from his third wife
after just 14 months of marriage.

The greengrocer turned caterer, 47, has now moved to a bachelor flat in London.

Recipe for disaster: Masterchef star Gregg Wallace with wife Heidi Brown, who he met via Twitter

Recipe for disaster: MasterChef star Gregg Wallace at the Baftas in April with new love Heidi Brown, who he met via Twitter

His
30-year-old wife, Heidi, who is also his personal assistant, remains at
the marital home in Whitstable, Kent looking after his two teenage
children, Tom, 18, and Libby, 15.

A source told the Daily Mail: 'There is no-one else involved, it is all very amicable.'

His colleagues and friends are said to be shocked because he has publicly praised his wife for her devotion to his career.

Wallace credited her with dropping two stone by introducing him to the gym, and for helping him to care for his children.

But a friend of the TV personality said that his work schedule had caused difficulties with his wife, a former biology teacher.

'It's over': Gregg Wallace at the Ideal Homes Show, without his wedding ring

'It's over': Gregg Wallace at the Ideal Homes Show, without his wedding ring

Without his wedding ring: Gregg Wallace (far right) at the opening of the 2012 Ideal Home Show with rince Charles, Myleene Klass, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Suzi Perry

Without his wedding ring: Gregg Wallace (far right) at the opening of the 2012 Ideal Home Show with rince Charles, Myleene Klass, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Suzi Perry

The
presenter runs a catering company, Wallace & Co, and Gregg's Table,
a restaurant in London, as well as presenting MasterChef.

He met his third wife over the social
network site Twitter in 2009 when she asked if he knew he had been
labelled a 'weird crush' in a magazine.

Her
daring paid off as Wallace replied: 'Ever visit London Give me a call,
I'll buy you lunch', which was swiftly followed by a date at the TV
Baftas. Mrs Wallace, ne Brown, moved into his Kent home just four
months after their first date.

The
couple wed in a lavish ceremony in January 2011 at five-star Coworth
Park hotel in Ascot, Berkshire, selling the pictures in a 60,000 deal
to Hello! magazine.

The cooking woman's crumpet: On MasterChef with co-host John Torode

The cooking woman's crumpet: On MasterChef with co-host John Torode

His
friend added: 'He's been busy juggling his catering business and his
showbiz career. All these things together have taken their toll.'

In an interview published just last week, Mr Wallace gushed about his wife, saying: 'I'm so under the thumb … I love it.'

Mr
Wallace has sole custody of his children from his second marriage and
has praised his wife for the impact she has had on them. He said: 'It's
thanks to her that they're doing well at school … Heidi's the strength
behind our little family and she's brought so much happiness into all
our lives.'

Speaking
before the wedding, the future Mrs Wallace said: 'Tom and Libby already
call me their step-mum, and we're so close, but I think it will mean a
lot to them when it's all signed, sealed and proper and we all have the
same surname.'

Wallace's
spokesman said: 'Due to a number of factors Gregg and Heidi have made
the difficult and mutual decision to take some time apart. They remain
on amicable terms with only the best support for each other.'

Last night, Mrs Wallace confirmed the separation on her Twitter account.

She
wrote: 'Getting some messages already, so I can confirm Gregg and I
have separated. All amicable & still very close. He's a wonderful
man.'

In January, the Mail
told how chef Torode, 46, split up with Jessica, his wife of four years,
over Christmas. He is believed to have left their 1.2million family
home in Streatham, south-west London.

A
close friend said at the time: 'It is very sad, particularly
considering they have young children. They were such a nice couple.'

Torode
and his wife have two children together – Jonah, seven, and Lulu, five.
He also has two children – Marselle, 14, and Casper, 12 – from a
previous relationship.