The mother of an eight-year-old girl, who was one of 100 junior cooks to make it to the on-camera auditions for the current first season of MasterChef Junior, took to Twitter to announce her child was reduced to tears by the judges.
The segment, which will most likely now be cut, thanks to the mother,
shows Überchef judge Gordon Ramsay mentally assaulting her daughter.
Ramsay, who rejected the child's signature dish-Lobster Risotto topped with crème fraîche and a quail's egg-is said to have felt threatened that an eight-year-old can show him up, even if he does hold a gazillion Michelin stars.
Ramsay cringed at the thought of watching the girl whip up more culinary masterpieces and reportedly spit the food out. He told the blonde, sweet-eyed youngster, "I'd rather watch you skip rope."
The girl scout, who holds a badge in cooking, was inconsolable, as Überlarge judge Graham Elliot did nothing to console her, the mother tweeted.
"I'm the nice one," he said to her, "and even I'm telling you this dish is crap."
Italian judge Joe Bastianic, while sporting the personality of a wooden spoon, held the girl's gaze for one full minute before turning on his heel and returning to the judge's post.
A representative for MasterChef Junior blew off all accusations of abuse, stating that after wrapping up, the judges were seen scarfing down the dish and licking their fingers.
When asked if the producers plan on editing the scene out of the show per the mother's request, a spokesperson answered, "Beats me. Nobody tells me jack around here."