John Torode and Lisa Faulkner announce 'exciting news' in joint statement

Celebrity chefs John Torode and Lisa Faulkner have shared their 'exciting news' with fans in a joint statement. The couple, who tied the knot five years ago, took to social media on Friday to announce the launch of their first cookbook together.

In a charming video posted on Lisa's Instagram story, the pair are seen walking through a forest, teasing "very exciting news" they're keen to divulge to their followers. An elated Lisa teased: "We can't wait to share it, so I think, in the next hour or so it will be up on our stories."

Shortly after, true to their promise, John and Lisa revealed the cover of their new cookbook. The front of 'John and Lisa's Kitchen' features the two sharing a joyful moment in their kitchen.

"We're so excited to be sharing our first book together with you all" Lisa said in an Instagram story slide. She also offered a glimpse behind the scenes of the cover's creation, which included a photoshoot at their luxurious London home.

The eagerly anticipated book is scheduled for release on September 12 and is now available for pre-order at £19.99 from leading retailers such as Amazon and Waterstones, reports Birmingham Live.

This is the first time the couple have collaborated on a project, following their individual culinary publications, marking another significant step in their relationship. Both stars of the MasterChef series, they initially met on the Celebrity Masterchef set in 2010, where Lisa emerged as the winner.

However, it took five years for their romance to develop, as they were both married to other people at the time. John popped the question to Lisa with an extravagant festive proposal, complete with a stunning diamond ring. In 2019, after four years together, they tied the knot at the scenic Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire.

Both John and Lisa bring children from previous relationships into their blended family. John is a proud father to four children, while Lisa adopted a daughter born in 2006 with her ex-husband and 'Burn It' co-star Chris Coghill, before their split in 2011.

Their teamwork has already been showcased in their cooking show, John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen, which airs every Saturday on ITV. The show has continued since their wedding, with a ninth series hinted at for this autumn by ITV Studios back in March 2024.