The BBC's amateur foody programme, Master Chef, has been rocked by a series of controversies that have threatened to take the popular show from the airwaves.
Master Chef has been running for the past fifteen years, and has showcased some of the best cooking talent the British public have to offer.
The first controversy hit the headlines when it was revealed that one of the contestants, Gary Baldey, had smuggled an internet enabled mobile phone and had used a recipe web site to create the dishes from the ingredients that they had been given at the start of the show.
"We thought that he was multi-tasking," said programme researcher Tallulah Cooke. "He was always on his phone, but it looked like Gary was just texting. It turned out he'd keyed in the ingredients and been given a choice of recipes, which he then produced. They did taste good, though."
After news of this indiscretion surfaced, Baldey was evicted from the show, and the runner up in the round was re-instated into the semi-final. Barely had the furore died down when the second controversy hit the show.
The shows hosts, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, are supposed to be renowned chefs in theri own right, owning a string of seventeen restaurants between them, however it has transpired that John Torode is not the chef he has made himself out to be, but instead owns a part share of a cheese stall on Camden Market and just likes eating.
"How are we supposed to take him seriously now," said evicted contestant Ali Carbonara. "I should have known something was amiss when he just stuffed huge forkfuls of food into his big gob. I wish he'd wash his hair as well."
The BBC are investigating.