The BBC came under fire today amid accusations of dumbing down MasterChef after secret tapes of the current series’ final were leaked. A programme previously known for its challenging format, involving budding chefs cooking under highly stressful conditions ranging from South American jungles to some of the world’s toughest Michelin-starred kitchens, the leaked tapes reveal something rather different.
The clandestine footage shows contestants honing their culinary skills by deconstructing a Vesta Beef Curry, making a bowl of Smash and, in a real display of gastronomic knowledge, correctly identifying the ingredients in Cup-a-Soup. This year’s surprise MasterChef champion, a Ms K. Katona of Warrington, took the crown after a tense final in which she put the kettle on and cracked open a Chicken & Mushroom Pot Noodle. When asked about the driving force behind her success, Ms Katona said, "I’ll eat f***ing anything, me."
Grinning MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace leapt to the defence of their choice of winning dish, claiming that he loved “the softness of the noodles, the saltiness of the soy sauce and the sweetness of the mushroom-shaped reconstituted soya pieces”, while John Torode said, “I like it.”
Rumours abound that the next series will be judged by Peter Andre and sponsored by Findus Crispy Pancakes. The BBC were unavailable for comment.