Viewers complain over poor hygiene in Masterchef – Daily TV round-up

Some called the standard seen on the show 'stomach-turning'

Viewers have complained to the BBC over alleged hygiene issues on TV cooking competition show 'Masterchef'.

Some spotted drops of sweat from one contestant into a sauce, while others voiced their disgust over another whose hair was dangling over a lamb tagine she was making.

Fans – or perhaps former fans – of the show have taken to the Points of View online forum and Twitter, some calling the standards of hygiene on the show 'stomach-turning'.

Issues of cross contamination were also picked up, with the wrong use of colour-coded chopping boards on the show.

“One of the contestant's hair was almost being stirred into her lamb dish whilst the other contestants were using the first chopping boards they came to........ Red for vegetables.....Yellow boards for fruit?” wrote one viewer.

“Picky picky but I teach this for a living and I teach about cross contamination which includes colour coded chopping boards. Does the BBC care what it's teaching the public or are they only concerned with recipes?”

Another added: “I'm with you! One episode saw someone drip sweat into a sauce, barf! Also the wearing of rings and/or nail varnish also turns my stomach.”

It was during the mass catering challenge at Heathrow airport, set by hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace, that contestant Shivi Ramatour's hair was seen dangling from under her hat above the lamb tagine.

“Why are none of these chefs in #masterchef wearing hairnets in the professional kitchen? I hope the customers like beef a la hair,” tweeted one viewer.

A spokesperson for the show said: “When filming in professional kitchens we always follow the guidelines required by the restaurant in question.

“Any contestant with long hair will be asked to tie it back or wear a hat because they are cooking for the general public.

“We do not insist on using hats and hair nets in the studio kitchens but hygiene remains an issue of great importance.” [Daily Mail]

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