Fans are all saying the same thing after a TV star took a trip down memory lane on Saturday and shared a throwback photo from when he was younger.
According to followers, the snap – which is a younger shot of one of the most recognizable faces on the UK cookery scene – bares a ‘striking resemblance’ to Liam Payne.
The celebrity chef, 58, looks almost unrecognizable in the old photo as he looks towards the camera with a very healthy looking head of hair.
Along with various food and cookery shows, he has appeared on everything from Who Do You Think You Are? to 8 Out Of 10 Cats and also had a staff at Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.
But can you guess who it is?
Is that YOU, Liam Payne? This celebrity chef, 58, looks almost unrecognizable as he looks towards the camera with a very healthy looking head of hair – but can YOU guess who it is?
Do you see it? According to followers, the snap bares a ‘striking resemblance’ to Liam
Would you believe it? It’s TV celebrity chef Gregg Wallace
It’s Gregg Wallace, who rose to prominence on Masterchef alongside John Torode.
Born in Peckham in south-east London, Wallace began his career in the Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market aged 15 after leaving school early.
He started George Allan’s Greengrocers in 1989 and has gone on to have a successful broadcasting career, presenting many shows including Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4, Saturday Kitchen, Eat Well For Less, Inside The Factory, Turn Back Time, Harvest and Supermarket Secrets.
And according to fans, young Gregg looks eerily like Liam Payne.
Commenting on the post, one fan wrote: ‘OMGGG… Liam Paynes double’
‘A striking resemblance to Liam Payne!’, another said.
A third asked: ‘Why does that look like Liam Payne?’
It comes after Gregg discusses his son’s autism and the possibility that his age is a factor in why Sid, four, has a developmental disability.
The star spoke to The Times’ T2 about his son, who he has with his fourth wife Anna, 37, and detailed how Sid was diagnosed with autism last year and is struggling to get an EHCP (an education, health and care plan) from the local council.
Sid is non-verbal and it is unknown if he will ever speak, yet the Masterchef star admits they are ‘holding out hope’ that they will see developments in the tot.
Gregg was asked if he thought his age was linked to Sid’s autism as multiple studies published in the past decade have indicated that older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism.
When asked if he was concerned about the link between age and autism, he candidly said: ‘It could be that. It doesn’t trouble me. Blame is for God and small children. It doesn’t make it any better if we go: it’s my fault.’
Gregg and Anna welcomed their first child – Gregg’s fourth – in May 2019. Gregg was married to Christine Wallace for less than a year in 1981, Denise Wallace from 1999 to 2004, Heidi Brown from 2011 to 2012 and married Anne-Marie in 2016.
Speaking in T2 about how he reacted to the diagnosis, he said: ‘You went through a period of almost mourning. Like, my God, I haven’t got the child I thought I had.’
Rise to fame: Gregg rose to prominence on Masterchef alongside John Torode
Busy: He started George Allan’s Greengrocers in 1989 and has gone on to have a successful broadcasting career, presenting many shows including Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4, Saturday Kitchen, Eat Well For Less, Inside The Factory (pictured), Turn Back Time, Harvest and Supermarket Secrets
My boy: Gregg stepped down from hosting Inside The Factory to spend more time with his son, Sid, four, who has autism
Gregg stepped down from hosting Inside The Factory to spend more time with Sid and has recently launched his own wellness and weight loss app.
Last year on Loose Women, Gregg revealed that he and Anna weren’t able to get her officially diagnosed until the age of three: ‘Syd has autism…
“He’s three, you can’t legally diagnose it in this country until they are two-and-a-half, but we knew at about a year old that we had some issues.”
When asked by Coleen Nolan and Kaye Adams what the signs were, Gregg said: ‘For us he wasn’t answering to his name, he wasn’t playing peek-a-boo.
‘He was walking and running around but he’s got autism and he’s got something called global development delay. So he’s not speaking.’
Gregg then sweetly added: ‘But he is lovely and he is cuddly and he is happy. And if he wants something he grabs your hand and takes you. Honestly, if you think you might have an issue, go and see someone.’