The programme makers behind the latest series of Masterchef have admitted that they can remotely control the cooker, oven and other equipment settings, and use it to add dramatic effect to the show.
Masterchef - the Professionals began filming earlier in the year, but because the contestants were all proficient there was very little drama. Technicians decided that they could make it all more exciting by building remote controls into all the equipment so that they can take over if things are going too smoothly.
"We've done a lot of turning down the heat in the ovens so stuff doesn't cook," one technician told us, "and we've also had fun making pans boil over. We can also take minutes off the timer clock to get people in a panic. You know the bloke who burnt his porridge? That was me. I also did the one where the table moved just as the contestant was chopping up his chicken - blood everywhere!"
The added excitement has boosted ratings for the show, and now producers are looking to see if the same technology could be used to spice up other programmes. The company concerned also makes DIY SOS and Top Gear.