Australian by birth, John Torode came to the UK in the early 1990s and joined the Conran Group, where he was head chef at Mezzo. John now runs Smiths of Smithfield, a restaurant in the heart of London's only working meat market and a new restaurant, The Luxe, opens this year in Spitalfields, another historic London market. John Torode is best known for his appearances on BBC's very successful MasterChef and Celebrity MasterChef. He also contributes food articles to many magazines and newspapers. John Torode's Beef was published by Quadrille in 2008 to huge critical acclaim.