MasterChef judge John Torode and Lisa Faulkner announce engagement

John Torode and Lisa Faulkner have announced they are now engaged, following a festive proposal over the holidays.

The exciting news was shared by Lisa on her Instagram account, with a loved-up snap of the newly-engaged pair.

She wrote in the caption: ‘My gorgeous John completely surprised me on Christmas Day and asked me to marry him! After waiting to tell our family when we got home we then had a few days just grinning at each other!!

‘I’m so very happy to share our lovely news with you. Happy 2019 it’s going to be quite a year and I’m going to embrace every minute of it. All you need is love. Love is all you need. ❤️💍❤️💍❤️💍❤️’

Clearly elated with the news, fans of the couple were quick to send them congratulatory messages on social media.

One said: ‘Amazing news many congratulations to you both’.

Another gushed: ‘Oh I am so so happy for you both 😍 congratulations to the loveliest couple ❤️’.

A third added: ‘Awww! You make such a fab couple! Congratulations 💕💕’.

Lisa, 46, and John, 52, met on the set of Celebrity Masterchef in 2010, but only started their romantic relationship in 2015.

They live together with Lisa’s daughter Billie, whom she shares with ex-partner Chris Coghill.

John also has four children from previous relationships, including two with his former wife Jessica, from whom he separated from in 2011 and officially divorced in 2014.

Opening up about her relationship with John to HELLO! magazine, Lisa gushed: ‘I love being with him. We don’t stop talking – chat, chat, chat. He’s like my best mate.

‘I want my daughter to be content and the person that she can be. I don’t want a lot – I don’t want a bigger house or a bigger car or more holidays a year. I’m happy with what I’ve got.’

Congratulations to the lovely couple!