MasterChef 2022 is finally here, and we’ve already found out some sneaky backstage knowledge. Yep, the nation’s favourite high-intensity cooking competition is back for another year and the question that continues to haunt us season after season is — how on earth does the food stay hot enough for the judges to taste it? The answer is, that it doesn’t.
As we sit and watch the contestants battle it out to make the smoothest velouté or the fluffiest choux pastry, the production team and camera crew will be racing to get the best action shots and mouth-watering frames of the competition dishes. What’s been described as a gruelling process according to some former contestants, starts around 7:30am and doesn’t finish until 8pm.
But if you’re wondering just how John Torode and Gregg Wallace are able to fairly critique the contestants’ dishes without allowing heat or a lack thereof to mar their final judgements, then you’ll be pleased to find out that they actually taste the food as it’s being cooked.
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To get an accurate representation of the composition of the final plate, the judges taste each individual element as it’s being prepared. Makes sense, right?
In fact, the final temperature of the food isn’t usually taken into consideration at all, as it wouldn’t be fair on the contestants who are judged last.
Brand Project Manager, Jack Layer, told Stylist, “It’s not piping hot. But John and Gregg are always wandering around when they’re not on camera, trying little bits. They get a pretty good idea about the dish in advance, probably more so than when they taste it all together.”
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