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The MasterChef host was making homemade McMuffins from his North London home when a misplaced tea towel caught fire on the hob behind him - not the sort of thing you come to expect from a judge of master chefs.
Spotting the growing blaze behind him, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby tried to alert him to the danger from the studio.
Phillip shouted: "John! Your tea towel is on fire! Behind you, behind you, John!"
Holly could also be heard urging John to 'turn around' but he continued to put his bread in the toaster, potentially due to a delay, or just because he was so well and truly engrossed in his McMuffin crafting.
John made up for lost time though once he did finally clock onto the burning issue, thanking Holly and Phillip as he held up the tea towel like a snake, before calmly folding it and putting it under the kitchen tap.
The hosts could then be seen laughing with heads in hands in the studio, presumably feeling both amused and relieved, as the celebrity chef went to open his back door and let the smoke out.
The 54-year-old subsequently completed the recipe and reassured viewers that he came out of it unscathed.
He said: "I'm really good thank you, I've cleaned out and washed it away, everything is clean and lovely. The full recipe is up now. I've got to say Phillip, I think yours was great."
Phillip replied: "Thank you, you didn't burn yourself did you?"
John said: "No, no, the towel itself just caught fire, I put it in the sink. But yeah, all good thank you."
Good job his cooking was being live streamed into the This Morning studio though, as even with people shouting at him he seemed almost oblivious to the danger.
Springbourne Fire Station in Bournemouth even used the McMuffin meltdown as an opportunity to make a public safety announcement.
Taking to Twitter, the station said: "Just watching This Morning with John Torode. Please don't leave tea towels on your hob. Accidents can happen to anyone, including professional chefs.
"His smoke detector did go off which shows the importance of working smoke alarms."
So let this be a lesson to all of us - before attempting to make a McMuffin, make sure Holly and Phil are watching over you. Failing that, make sure your batteries work in your smoke detector and don't leave your tea towel on the hob.
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