‘Can’t believe this isn’t parody,’ said one baffled person (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Ever wondered what certain celebrities get up to in their spare time on Saturdays?
After reading Gregg Wallace’s account of his weekend routine, many people’s mild curiosity has turned to full-out bafflement.
The MasterChef star opened up about how his Saturdays are typically spent, starting at the painfully early wake-up time of 5am, and finishing with him dozing off at 9pm.
Speaking to The Telegraph Magazine for their My Saturday series, the 59-year-old explained how every day of the week, he wakes up at 5am before reading for an hour, making himself a coffee and checking his emails.
Aside from the extremely early wake-up, a pretty standard start… before Gregg heads to the gym from 7am.
Now this might sound normal enough, but he revealed that he’s allowed in by the staff half an hour before it actually opens, so that he can go for a swim and sauna by himself.
We can’t help but feel for the gym staff if it turns out that they have to be at work earlier than usual to let him in!
One X user called Sian questioned: ‘Ok, who is opening up their Fitness First early to let in Gregg Wallace?’
Continuing to relay his morning regime, Gregg went on: ‘Then I’ll review my to-do list while walking on a treadmill, no sweating. I aim for 50,000 steps a week – I do about 7,000 a day.’
For his morning sustenance, Gregg explained that he meets his personal assistant Helen for breakfast at his local Harvester, feasting on bacon, sausage and a fried egg, while praising the restaurant for its offerings of grilled chicken and the salad bar.
Another X user called Anna remarked: ‘Imagine being that person at the gym who has to get there half an hour early so Gregg Wallace can have a solitary swim, or his PA that has to go to Harvester every Saturday morning and watch him eat his bacon and eggs.’
It’s safe to say, the first few hours of the TV star’s Saturday routine already had readers doing double takes… but it didn’t stop there.
From midday, Gregg shared that he goes back home for lunch with his wife Anne-Marie Sterpini, before spending some time with his four-year-old son Sid, who’s non-verbal and autistic.
Opening up about becoming a father again while in his 50s, he stated: ‘I’m a much better father now I’m older, although another child isn’t something that I would have chosen at my age.
‘I was always very honest with Anna, but it’s what she wanted and I love her. I just requested two things – that we had help in the house (so her mum moved in), and secondly that we had at least one week a year when we holidayed just the two of us.’
Despite being best-known for his role as a judge on MasterChef, Gregg added that he would describe himself as an ‘amateur historian’… the reason being that on Saturdays he spends two hours on his own playing Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, which is set in 878 AD.
Dr Kate Womersley, an NHS doctor in psychiatry, quipped on X: ‘How do we break it to Gregg Wallace that this isn’t actually what historians do?’
As the evening wraps up, Gregg said that he gets into bed by 8pm, and after reading or watching a film, falls asleep by 9pm, before we’re guessing another 5am wake-up the next day.
After reading his account of his Saturday, one person called Rachel admitted: ‘Can’t believe this isn’t parody.’
Josiah stated: ‘I strongly urge you to read this (real) day in the life of Gregg Wallace. It basically gets worse with every paragraph.’
Meanwhile, Glen shared: ‘I’m not entirely surprised by his Partridge-esque interview.’
The X account for Wrexham fans in Europe also chimed in, adding: ‘Gregg Wallace channeling his inner Partridge: Visit for the article, stay for the comments 🤣.’
Gregg recently opened up about his five-stone weight loss, which he said that he achieved despite eating ‘mountains’ of food.
‘I could eat mountains of food as long as it was the right food,’ he outlined, after doing more research into the impact that a change in nutrition could have on his life.
‘And that was a complete and utter revelation to me that I wasn’t hungry, that I was enjoying my food,’ he told OK!.
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