Today programme presenter John Humphrys was crowned the surprise winner of this year’s Masterchef. Humphrys won over the judges with a breakfast menu that included the Director General of the BBC sliced and diced, then served on a platter.
Humphrys was inspired in the kitchen by U.S. breakfasts, where politicians gorge on Pork barrel and Senatorial waffle, washed down by kool-aid. He had to battle through from 50 contestants to reach the final three despite being accused by Jonathan Aitken in the earlier rounds of "poisoning the well of democratic debate” with a rather disappointing vanilla chocolate panna cotta.
Humphrys was pleasantly surprised with his final dish: “You normally expect some “duck” maybe even some “dive” when preparing George Entwistle. Instead we got a meal with grace and elegance”. He explained his process:
1) “Tenderize: Let the tabloids give him a right hammering. Wait until he looks bloodied.”
2) “Season: Oil him up with some soft questions. Allow him to caramelize. Be careful not to puncture him too early.”
3) “Then turn up the heat: Until he cries like a baby!”
Judge Gregg Wallace explained: “You can usually give him a good prod out the end, if he’s still a bit rare he’ll be soft and wobbly but if he’s well done he will feel very firm and unyielding. Done up like a kipper!”