Viewers slam ‘unfair’ MasterChef act
A simple act of altruism during last night's MasterChef semi-final had some fans of the show crying foul.
Top three MasterChef contestants Reynold, Emelia and Laura were tasked with making a complex Toffee Apple dessert during Sunday's challenge - a technically difficult dish that guest chef Martin Benn had spent a decade finessing.
They had just three hours and 45 minutes to nail its 10 different components.
Pasta queen Laura struggled with the details of the dish, becoming emotional as she failed to peel her apple to the required length.
Sensing her distress, both of her competitors stopped what they were doing - Emelia in particular rushing to her side to coach her through the tricky task.
"You need to push it in three mil from the base of the lathe, because otherwise it won't spin," Emelia instructed her rival, giving her step-by-step instructions.
"I honestly cannot believe that. We are all fighting for a spot in the finale and the two most selfless people have come over and stopped what they're doing, that honestly could ruin their cooks to help me succeed," said Laura.
"This would honestly never happen anywhere else."
It was a sweet act of assistance - but when season frontrunner Reynold was eliminated at the end of the episode, sending Emelia and Laura to the grand finale, some fans had questions:
If Emilia didn’t help Laura with the apple shaver would Reynold now be in the Grand Final? Was that assistance not a helpful BFF but a cheat? #MasterChefAU— Azzie (@azziegogo) July 19, 2020
Devastating episode tonight #MasterChefAU. For me, Reynold is the most deserving!— April Carreon (@AprilCarreon1) July 19, 2020
1. No to copying challenges. That’s a stupid test - you’d rather reward those who can innovate versus copy right?
2. Make it a rule for contestants not to help others. It’s just unfair.
Just realised that if Emilia didn’t help Laura, she’d still be there trying to figure out how to ribbon an apple. Lol at everyone saying we’re sexist for being pissed that Reynold had to go. If we go by merit, Reynold blows it out the water #masterchefau— Hwasa Comeback | Stream María (@mootmoot4u) July 19, 2020
Laura literally couldn't spiral an apple and got help and now she's in the finale. That happened #MasterChefAU— K⍟ | Prison Break💙 (@mcufamily) July 19, 2020
If that was a race, the person distracting and spooking other competitors by having tantrum about peeling apple would be disqualified ! You can’t help each other during exams. #Masterchefau— Jo Paloma (@jo_paloma) July 19, 2020
It was sweet of Reynold and Emelia to help Laura. But it's a TEST?! There should be no helping. And yes I would be saying this for any contestant not just Laura #MasterChefAU— K⍟ | Prison Break💙 (@mcufamily) July 19, 2020
All great cooks but in a finale contestants should not be able to help each other. Not ok #MasterChefAU— Gail Fernando (@rauxiegirl) July 19, 2020
Laura wasn't even able to make the apple without Emelia's help. It's a competition. Is it fair? #MasterchefAU— 原諒我就是這樣的女生 (@k_r_n_o) July 19, 2020
Laura? Really? If it wasn’t for Amelia, she wouldn’t have even had an apple to serve the judges. They shouldn’t be able to help each other at this stage of the game. #MasterChefAU— Lexie Stewart (@LexieStewart06) July 19, 2020
Getting help from another, is that cheating? Does that make Laura’s cook actually hers? #MasterChefAU— Penelope Kaye (@Little_miss_pk) July 19, 2020
Laura making the final even though she’s been in the most elimination cooks and received help from both Emilia and Reynold in the semi-final cook 🙄 #MasterChefAU @masterchefau pic.twitter.com/bwwiWb3vqw— Cherie n Benni (@CherieNBenni) July 19, 2020
Others suggested the pile-on was over-the-top: "Laura got 2 mins of help from Emilia and a single comment from Reynold. That's it. They didn't make her f***ing apple. Time to move on people," one viewer tweeted.
"If Reynold received the same help from Emelia and got through, would you be bitching that he shouldn't have had help or calling for him to be penalised?" another asked.
So with Reynold out, who are our MasterChef top two?
Perhaps this season's most divisive contestant among fans of the show, Laura Sharrad, 24, previously placed as a runner-up in season six of MasterChef. The Adelaide chef has courted controversy this season due to her past professional associations with judge Jock Zonfrillo, her reliance on pasta dishes, and allegations of occasional "smug" behaviour towards her fellow contestants. But several co-stars have leapt to Laura's defence against the social media backlash: "Social media seems to jump on a beautiful woman and I think that's what it is," said Khanh Ong. Brendan Pang was also full of praise: "She's a very generous person and she's always cooking for everyone."
Talk about history repeating: Emelia Jackson, 30, is another season six MasterChef star, placing third in the competition last time - just behind Laura (both were beaten by Brent Owens). The Melbourne-based former marketing co-ordinator has been a quiet achiever this season, emerging as an early "dark horse" to win with her knack for technically perfect desserts.
Originally published as Viewers slam 'unfair' MasterChef act