MasterChef host Gregg Wallace very unwell as he cancels birthday plans

Gregg Wallace reveals he’s recovering from an illness

Gregg Wallace shared his disappointment after a bout of ill health scuppered his 59th birthday plans over the weekend.

The MasterChef judge was due to spend days celebrating the occasion with his family and friends, but decided he needed to rest after becoming “really unwell”.

In a clip shared to his 170k followers on Wednesday, Gregg said: “Lots of people are saying to me, ‘It was your birthday yesterday, hope you had a great day’. I didn’t do anything.

“I’ve been really unwell, but I am getting better day by day. Thursday or Friday I think was the worst.

“Unfortunately, it was my birthday weekend so I cancelled all my plans; Saturday night dinner with my [wife] Anna, Sunday I was supposed to be going out with the family, Monday I was supposed to be going out with my son, tonight I was supposed to be out doing celebratory stuff.

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“But, hey, it’s ok. What is important is that I rest and get better, and I am feeling better day by day. Sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles, right?”

It comes after Gregg turned his attention to his health and cut his weight by more than four stone.

Last year, the former greengrocer said his top tips for dropping the pounds were getting rid of snacks, alcohol and takeaways and replacing them with “three large, filling, healthy, balanced meals”.

He also advised against fad diets after feeling “really uncomfortable” and “horribly hungry and miserable all the time”.

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Appearing on Good Morning Britain in January, Gregg implored: “Don’t go on a diet.

“Don’t do something that’s really difficult that you can’t maintain. We’re logical people, right? If it’s so difficult and so uncomfortable, you won’t keep it up.”

He also advised viewers to “reduce the snacking… reduce the takeaways” and said: “meal planning will help you eat healthily”.

It comes as it was announced MasterChef: The Professionals will be returning this autumn for its 16th series.

Gregg will be joined by Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti to judge 32 ambitious chefs hoping to become the 2023 champion.

On its return, Gregg said: “This is an incredible, high-stakes competition and I get such a thrill knowing that this is a genuinely life-changing opportunity for these chefs. I’m so excited to see who will walk through our doors.”

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