THERE’S nothing which gets your tummy rumbling quite like a good cooking programme. But who gets to eat all that tasty looking leftover food on shows
THERE’S nothing which gets your tummy rumbling quite like a good cooking programme.
But who gets to eat all that tasty looking leftover food on shows like MasterChef and Bake Off and do Gregg Wallace and John Torode eat the meals cold during judging? Here’s what you need to know…
BBC There’s only so much John Torode and Gregg Wallace can eat, so who gets their leftovers on MasterChef?
Who eats the leftovers on MasterChef?
MasterChef sees amateur, celebrity and professional chefs rustle up some mouthwatering meals.
But, with several dishes to get through, John and Gregg often struggle to wipe the plate clean.
While invention tests see the pantry piled high with fresh food which doesn’t get eaten.
The judges clearly hate waste, often scolding the contestants (especially if they’re professional) for stuff like shoddy filleting which means fish or meat goes to waste.
So what does happen to the leftovers? Back in 2012, Gregg revealed: “What a lot of people want to know is what happens to all the food.
“The raw food gets divided up by the youngsters in the crew — talented young people who’ve just begun their careers and aren’t necessarily earning very much.
“The cooked food is devoured by the filming crew. A lot of them carry their own cutlery!”
While former MasterChef: The Professional semi finalist Louisa Ellis told Birmingham Live: “Food very rarely gets thrown away.
“There’s always someone available to eat the delicious food – except if the chefs have messed up and food is under or overcooked and inedible.”
Sounds like a decent staff lunch to us.
BBC The younger staff members get a share of the fresh food in the pantry, while the film crew tuck into the main meals
Who eats the leftovers on The Great British Bake Off?
The Bake Off grand finale sees all the finalists’ friends and family tuck into their delicious showstoppers.
But who eats the leftover cake, biscuits, bread and other goodies throughout the rest of the series – after Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith have filled their boots?
Well, unlike MasterChef, the first pick of leftovers goes to the bakers themselves.
The show’s Chief Home Economist Faenia Moore previously told BBC Good Food: “It’s important for the bakers to eat what they’ve slaved over, so after each challenge I make up a ‘baker’s basket’ to go to their lunchroom.
“Then any leftovers go to the crew lunch. Everyone gets quite excited.”
PA:Press Association The Bake Off contestants get the first pick of their own cakes – but also ‘run’ to get a taste of the best ones by their competitors
While former contestant Ali told the Birmingham Mail: “The cameramen literally stand there with forks in their back pockets, waiting to swoop as soon as filming stops.”
But it’s not just the crew who are rushing to get a bite of the action.
Chetna Makan, from the 2014 series, told Digital Spy: “It’s not just the cameramen who swarm over the food, we (the other contestants) definitely do it too.
“We all run to the food made by whoever got the most compliments. Literally, everybody runs, nearly knocking each other over to have a taste.”
While Prue’s neighbours must have the fanciest pigswill in Britain, after the judge told The Telegraph she feeds the animals Bake Off leftovers.
She said: “I used to bring them all home from Bake Off in a big box, all the bits. My neighbour keeps pigs, so these pigs got the most amazing cakes and bread.”
Channel 4 While Prue Leith actually fed last year’s leftovers to her neighbour’s PIGS
Is the food on MasterChef served cold?
We’ve seen Gregg and John gleefully tuck into many a dinner on MasterChef, but is that food really as appetising as the cameramen make it look?
The flavours are sure to be delicious, but it may taste odd to those of us who like meals hot.