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MasterChef judges eat food while it’s cooking – and end up not eating it all

Food was served cold on MasterChef due to delays in capturing those special scenes, so John Torode and Gregg Wallace had to find a daring way to eat them first.

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MasterChef is back on our screens for another series – and so are the behind-the-scenes tricks.

TV’s toughest cooking show saw amateur chefs battle for the top spot in a couple of intense rounds.

Originally running from 1990 to 2001, the series was revived with a new format in 2005 and remained relatively unchanged throughout.

Top chef John Torode and former greengrocer Greg Wallace are back once again to watch a bunch of new contestants.

What actually goes on in the MasterChef kitchen is a closely guarded secret, but over the years several former chefs have revealed what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling.

The show bosses use a number of tricks to make sure what we see on screen is perfect – and one of the biggest problems is the temperature of the food.







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You may have noticed that the judges never made any comments on how hot the dishes were when they were served.

This is due to the fact that it is almost always cold at the time of the judges’ table, so it would be a bit unfair to the critical temperature.

With so many contestants cooking at the same time, it wouldn’t be fair to make them wait for everyone else to try the food while their own meals get cold.

The production team also had to spend a lot of time getting the incredible shots of the meal in all its glory.

Incredibly, this whole process can actually take up to two hours, so it’s obvious that the food isn’t warmed by this stage.

For segments where filming takes several hours, the discs will be kept in the refrigerator for the time being so they don’t disappear.

However, the judges have a very clever way of ensuring that they will try the prepared food as they are intended to be eaten – serve it hot.

Speaking in 2017, former MasterChef finalist Jack Layer explained that John and Gregg started eating food while it was being cooked.







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When there were no cameras, they would nibble bit by bit as they were walking around observing the contestants.

Brand Project Manager Jack to the stylist: “It’s not as hot as a pipe. But John and Gregg are always walking around when they’re not on camera, trying to try a little bit at a time. They have a pretty good idea of ​​the food in advance, perhaps even more so when it comes to food. they tasted it together.”

While former MasterChef: The Professionals star Rosanna Moseley told the Birmingham Mail: “The food stays there a little bit after you’re done so they can get good pictures of it.

“So it can be cold at the time that the referees start – especially if you are the last to be judged – but they will take that into consideration.”

They make sure that no food goes to waste because the production team can eat all the leftovers once John and Gregg are done.

That was of course unless the dishes served to the judges were inedible, which happened on an odd occasion.

Letting hot food cool down doesn’t affect its appearance, but what about frozen foods that will melt?

Well, there’s a good reason you always see ice cream served in separate items on the show – so it doesn’t spoil the rest of the plate.







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Frozen food is always brought out right before the judges judge it, but it often melts during the delay to get those pictures taken.

Former contestant Billy Wright explains: “That’s why it’s always in separate dishes. After the ice cream is plated, there will be a short period of time while the crew shoots and when it’s under the TV lights. hot, it can melt.”

It may only be on our screens for an hour, but the contestants stay there at the set for a lot longer.

Dad filming usually starts around 7:30 a.m. so it’s a very early wake-up call and doesn’t end until 8 p.m.

Although there have been times when the hopefuls didn’t leave until 11pm when filming the week of the finals.

Birmingham chef Louisa, who made it to the final six of MasterChef: The Professionals, explains: “Often the two challenges happen in the same long day and there’s a lot of waiting around.

“In Professionals, the skill test and the signature fireplace dish challenge are filmed on the same day.

“There’s a lot of waiting around. That’s the hardest part! It’s easy to think hard about what you’re going to do.”

* MasterChef airs tonight on BBC One at 8pm

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