Gregg Wallace: I lost weight because my wife didn't want a 'fat old husband'

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
Gregg Wallace and his wife at the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball in London (Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Gregg Wallace said he lost weight for his younger wife Anne-Marie Sterpini. (Getty Images)

Gregg Wallace has admitted he lost weight because he didn’t want his younger wife to have a “fat old husband”.

The 55-year-old MasterChef presenter married fourth wife Anne-Marie Sterpini, 34, in 2016 and they have a 16-month-old son, Sid.

Wallace told Closer magazine: "Having my baby boy made me want to be fit and strong. I can now go for long walks, which I wouldn't have been able to do before.

“Anne being younger than me was even more of an inspiration to be fit – you can have an old husband but she didn't have to have a fat, old husband.”

Watch: Gregg Wallace recounts causing a diplomatic incident on GMB

The former greengrocer and self-confessed pudding-lover used to weigh over 16 stone but went on a health kick in 2017, cutting back on alcohol, fry-ups and takeaways as well as joining a gym, and has now lost over 4 stone.

Read more: Gregg Wallace would advise younger self not to marry first three wives

Wallace, who is 5ft 8in, said: "There are days when I lack motivation – but I still workout. I just look in the mirror and think 'I'm 55 and I'm stronger now than I was at 25'. I still struggle with some exercises, but I'm leaner now since lockdown."

View this post on Instagram

If I can do it - so can you. @greggshowme.fit

A post shared by Gregg Wallace (@greggawallace) on

View this post on Instagram

Sid n Daddy love our walks

A post shared by Gregg Wallace (@greggawallace) on

He added: "When we slip up we tend to chuck it all in, but that’s not the way. You’re ­going to slip up. You’re going to go to the pub, drink too much and get a kebab on the way home.

"There is no way I’m going through the week without a pint of beer. But I’m careful most of the time and here I am, as fit as a butcher’s dog."

Wallace met Anne-Marie on Twitter in 2013.

They welcomed baby Sid last year after struggling to conceive.

Chef John Torode (r) poses with fellow Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace as he launches his new book 'Beef' at Smith's of Smithfield, Charterhouse Street, in central London.
Gregg Wallace hosts MasterChef with John Torode. (PA)

Announcing the pregnancy, Wallace revealed: “We were due to start IVF but then it happened naturally after two years of trying. The doctor told us it was a miracle Anna was pregnant.”

Read more: John Torode asked Lisa Faulkner out with love letter

He also has two older children – Tom, 26, and Libby, 24 – from his second marriage, which ended in 2004.

Watch: Your new Celebrity MasterChef winner is here!