Mat Beyer Kicked Off Masterchef – But What Happened?
The news limited papers broke the story this morning that Mat Beyer, Goth Melbourne food blogger, has been expelled from the Masterchef Australia for breaking the rules.
The Herald Sun reports:
VICTORIAN contestant Mat Beyer was booted off MasterChef Australia amid fears he might have been accessing recipes secretly.
Beyer, 24, was sent packing after MasterChef producers discovered that he had smuggled a smartphone into the hit Channel 10 cooking show.
Beyer was kicked out of MasterChef about a fortnight ago, within days of the contestants travelling to New York.
His breach of the show’s rules was discovered after a challenge where contestants’ cookbooks were all removed.
Beyer had reportedly had the smartphone for about six weeks.
Channel 10 refused to comment on his exit, and a spokesman for the show’s producers, Fremantlemedia Australia, said conjecture about a smartphone was just that.
There are so many issues here I don’t know where to start, but hopefully I can add to the story. I am not claiming I have all the information, but I am just trying to join the dots.
Firstly it is my understanding Mat did get to fly New York with seven other contestants, but was removed pretty quickly after arriving. One of the first things the Masterchef crew did do were have pork buns so I suspect he got to meet David Chang of Momofuku.
Now the challenge he allegedly cheated on could have occurred back in Australia, as the paper reports they had removed all the recipe books from the house, so it is unclear when the cheating allegations came to light, and how. However once he had to go through all the airport security is this when the mobile phone was discovered?
If so I wonder why he didn’t think of that logistical issue?
Anyway so if eight contestants flew over, and then he was dumped. There would have been one elimination challenge over there and then they would have been down to six contestants.
But then we have the Dalai Lama Masterchef challenge where it said in the Daily Telegraph there were seven contestants. So is this the challenge where the contestant is reinstated. And who the hell is it?
Normally in other shows where a person has had to leave, the last person to exit has been brought back in. So that would mean the person eliminated in NYC? But that might not make sense. Maybe they will have a challenge with the eliminated contestants to see who can be brought back in. Bring back Cleo I say. However a contestant that has had a big break from production comes in much fresher and this is not fair on the contestants still in.
Mat has been seen at the Melbourne Food and Wine Show, plus he is doing work experience at Steer Grill and Bar in Melbourne.
Mat does have similarities to season one bad boy Chris Badenoch. Chris had an iphone in the Masterchef house, which he used communicate with the outside world. He would get people to research recipes for him.
It will be interesting to see if Channel Ten will let the media to talk to Mat after his expulsion.
Also here is an interesting blog post on the issue from Melbourne Food Blogger Essjay Eats she reckons Jay will be brought back in. (Possible spoiler)