Masterchef Australia – Masterfake Callum Allowed To Re-Plate Dish
I know this blog has been accused of ramping up too many conspiracy theories, mainly unproven, however the Sunday Telegraph today appears to have proof that things are not as real on Masterchef Australia as they appear.
The article says the contestant’s on the show are allowed to re-plate after the clock has been stopped.
The questioned the shows producers after they spotted the difference between what Callum had plated up for the Phillipa Sibley challenge and what was presented to the judges.
The article said:
On Tuesday night, Callum Hann, 20, was lauded by judge Matt Preston for the presentation of a caramel parfait glace dessert, his attempt at pastry chef Philippa Sibley’s signature dish.
Hann was given one and three-quarter hours to complete the dish before the same plate was supposedly presented to the MasterChef judges for a blind tasting against Sibley’s version.
But viewers were not told that Hann was allowed to re-plate the dessert and perfect a key component – the spoon-shaped quenelles of chocolate mousse – off screen.
When the dish was presented to judges Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris, it clearly looked different to the version viewers had seen on screen at the completion of the challenge moments earlier.
Hann’s roughly finished mousse ovals appeared smooth and evenly shaped, and a richer, darker colour, while the dessert base also looked different. It was suddenly flawless, no longer cracked and broken on the edges.
Preston was full of praise, telling Hann: “Three quenelles exactly the same size. A beautiful crisp, square, sharp-edged block of your light sponge. A little caramel base. Those are the things that made your dish stand out.”
The Sunday Telegraph noticed the differences in the dish and questioned executive producer Margaret Bashfield, who was adamant Hann used his original mixture to create the new quenelles, despite colour discrepancies on the screen.
Bashfield confessed TV trickery was occasionally employed in the series – which carries $100,000 prizemoney and a cookbook deal for the winner – and dishes were sometimes “re-plated”.
“Due to the duration of the filming process, on rare occasions both the contestant and the celebrity chef in MasterChef’s Celebrity Chef Challenge are offered the opportunity to re-plate dishes between the completion of the challenge and the tasting,” she said.
“This occurs with elements such as ice cream, sorbet and sauces, which can deteriorate under the studio lighting before the tasting can take place.
“The only elements that are made available to them are those prepared during the allocated challenge time.
“This process is completely transparent to all parties involved in the challenge and is part of the studio process to ensure the quality of the dish presented to the judges is the same as when the challenge was completed.”
Interesting I had not noticed this, but I have noticed at other times in other challenges that a jug of sauce that was previously not there had appeared.
Have you noticed any discrepancies on the show?