It was changes all round for popular cookery series Masterchef this week as the set underwent a massive facelift and the new format seemed to get the thumbs up from most viewers.One TV Critic however wasn't amused at the antics of one or two of the contestants.
Snatch Magazine's cookery writer Daley Vitamins explained, 'I've noticed this sort of behaviour creeping in especially with the ladies, when their potatoes aren't cooked, they get all tearful and start with the sympathy vote.It gets John every time. The other night, Val, a legal secretary from Blackpool undercooked her mini spuds and blamed it on her husband being in hospital with meningitis.
Carol, 43 from Somerset, a midwife burned her celeriac, and begged for a second chance, because she would be inspired by the memory of her late father, who'd been dead for 10 years.Greg didn't buy it for a moment but John was in bits.Both times he put them through, and it's just not on.You have to be judged on the plate of food, not on who can invent the saddest story.'
BBC Head of Entertainment Will O'Thewisp disagreed though.
'I can see where Daley's coming from, the food is the star here, and always will be, but we've gone for a more emotional set of contestants this series.I shouldn't really be saying this but in episode four, Jeffrey, a Lawyer from Edinburgh cooks a terrible Sunday Roast, gets the boot, only to break down and sink to his knees telling John & Greg he's only got weeks to live!Well, you can imagine John.Even Greg sheds a tear.TV gold.Just watch the ratings my love.'