Mat Beyer Punted From Masterchef For Having A Mobile Phone
The scenes where Mat Beyer was punted from Masterchef Australia felt very staged.
Matt Preston arrived at the house sat down with Mat and it was all very civilised with no tears or angst. So I wonder if it was filmed at a later date. Who knows.
Matt Preston said “You made use of a personal phone which is against the rules of the competition.”
“The judges and I spoke about what we should to do and we thought it best if you made an honourable exit”.
Two questions how can it be honourable if you get kicked out? And like it was the judges decision it would have been the producers.
Mat said the phone wasn’t to cheat he was just really missing his girlfriend.
Mat then left the house with a day pack, and without any shot of him saying goodbye to his team mates. So a not so honourable exit.
The big question that was not answered by either Matt Preston or the other to camera pieces was how the camera was discovered. One theory floating around was that it was found in his room by the housekeeper. But hell don’t take that as gospel I had Mat flying to New York!
The rest of the contestants were then told – Dani cried, and then the rest of the contestants talked to camera about how booting out Mat was the right thing to do.
They then announced that Billy Law was back in and didn’t Ellie look non-plussed.
Blog post on the Marco-Pierre White challenge to follow.
UPDATE: The Daily Telegraph says he took the phone in the house because of his missing mother. She has been missing since 2004, and after seven years they can declare her deceased. He said he was feeling vulnerable because Mother’s Day was coming up. I feel sorry for him, but he should have spoken to producers about it to get more phone calls to his girlfriend.
UPDATE: I don’t usually put a press release verbatim on the blog but I thought because there is so much interest here it is:
MasterChef Australia contestant Mat Beyer has left the show tonight after admitting he broke the rules.
The Melbourne IT tech support worker was discovered knowingly breaking the rules by smuggling a smartphone, with activated internet and phone capabilities, into the house.
“I did the wrong thing and I deserve to go,” says Mat, admitting he smuggled in a phone six weeks before being discovered by production staff. “I think it was the wrong thing to do and I think it was a rash decision, but I made a stupid mistake and I guess I’m paying for it now.”
All contestants are thoroughly explained the rules of the competition numerous times before and throughout the production of the show, and all contestants are fully aware of these rules.
MasterChef judge Matt Preston said, “Mat had a mobile phone in direct contravention of the rules to which all the contestants knew they had to abide. We have to be fair to all the contestants which is why it was decided that the only thing to do was to let Mat make a honourable withdrawal from the competition. Myself, George and Gary wish Mat all the best for the future and hope that he will continue to pursue his dream of finding a future in food.”
Phones, smartphones and internet access are restricted to contestants while they are part of the show and filming because it gives contestants the opportunity to find out all sorts of information outside of what is offered during filming. By illicitly phoning or texting someone, a contestant could gain an advantage over the other contestants. To preserve the integrity of MasterChef, it is deemed fair for all contestants that access to phones is limited.
Obviously if a contestant has a personal issue, then access to phones and face-to-face contact with loved ones is reassessed. This also compliments 24 hour access to a psychologist and frequent production breaks for weekends or holidays such as Christmas or Easter. In relation to phone access in this case, Mat did not approach producers asking for more phone use.
Mat left the competition and is now replaced by Billy, the last contestant to be eliminated earlier this week.
The production has offered on-going psychological access for Mat, extended a weekly allowance beyond his appearance in the show, has offered to give him access to a cooking apprenticeship job interview and has extended the hand of friendship to help him follow his dream of working in the food industry.
Mat truly has a gift for cooking and the team at MasterChef Australia hopes to one day dine at a restaurant he calls his own. To see an exclusive interview with Mat after his elimination, please head to the official MasterChef website