Celebrity Masterchef – Was The Clock Stopped?
I know at times watching Celebrity Masterchef I had thought the last ten seconds took a long time to finish, and also how the contestants could sometimes plate up a pretty plate in the last minute – well contestant Peter Rowsthorn may have shed some light on the matter.
In the latest edition of TV WEEK Peter said he blamed the “magic of TV” for his downfall, claiming that a mysterious extra five minutes were added to the clock.
The article said:
“I was really happy with myself in the pressure test; I fair dinkum thought I was going to win,” he told TV Week. “There was 15 seconds left and I looked down and fiddled with my plate, then looked back up at the clock and the clock went back by five minutes! Because of those five minutes, I was umming and ahhing about wheter I could redo my tuile, and when we were judged, I lost on my tuile – it wasn’t crispy enough.”
Peter says he never manged to get to the bottom of the “extra time” mystery. “I think they were trying to help Fuzzy Agolley out, just quietly. I felt ripped off! But then again, I don’t think I was good enough to actually [win the season].”
So is Peter right, or did the pressure of the challenge confuse the celebrity cook? Masterchef judge George Calombaris laughs off the suggestion that time was added to the clock. “No, no – Peter’s lost the plot!” he says. “but he wouldn’t have won regardless – his [signature] dish was rubbish.”