Despite being a reality TV show, MasterChef Australia has remained quite wholesome and family-friendly over the past decade.
But while there may not be many feuds that play out on screen, it appears there is plenty of heat between the cast beyond the kitchen.
From ex-stars and rival TV chefs slamming the show and Gordon Ramsay’s infamous salmon meltdown; here are the biggest feuds from MasterChef Australia.
Beef with rival TV chefs, axed stars speaking out and THAT Gordon Ramsay salmon meltdown: The biggest feuds from the past 10 years of MasterChef Australia. Pictured: celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and former judge Matt Preston
Marco Pierre White vs. Matt Preston
In 2017, celebrity chef Marco Pierre White vowed ‘on his mother’s grave’ to ‘get’ Australian chef Matt Preston following comments he made on Sydney radio about Marco’s controversial son, Marco Pierre White Jr.
The fiery British chef revealed that Preston was the reason he left MasterChef Australia and joined the cast of Hell’s Kitchen Australia on rival network Seven.
‘I’ll never forgive him’: Pierre White didn’t agree with Preston discussing his son Marco Pierre White Jr’s (left) troubled with drugs and prostitutes on a Sydney radio show
Preston did an interview on the Kyle and Jackie O Show after Marco’s son Marco Pierre White Jr shocked the world by speaking about drug binges and prostitutes he bought with his father’s money, before appearing to have sex on-air with a female housemate on Big Brother UK.
When pressed on whether he was shocked that Marco Jr had admitted to spending more that AU$500,000 on drugs, Preston’s harsh assessment continued.
‘That’s that whole rich, London trust fund babe, trustifarian-type stuff – it’s another world.’
Pierre White refused to discuss his infamous feud with Preston during an interview with Sunday Night in 2018.
Are they still feuding? Pierre White refused to discuss his infamous feud with Preston during an interview with Sunday Night in 2018
TV chefs slam rival program
TV Chef Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson slammed Masterchef on A Current Affair in 2018 for being ‘pretentious’ and ‘too complicated’.
‘They started off simple, and the next minute you turn around and they’re doing deconstructed rubbish with smears on the plate!’ he said at the time.
He added: ‘I think the problem with the shows is they do a terrible disservice to the public because they make all the food look so complicated.’
They’re doing deconstructed rubbish with smears on the plate!’ TV Chef Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson (pictured) slammed Masterchef in 2018 for being ‘pretentious’ and ‘too complicated’
‘I couldn’t even cook what was on the show. It went too far’: In 2019, My Kitchen Rules judge Colin Fassnidge (far left) claimed Seven’s rival show did better at relating to viewers while revealing MasterChef Australia’s biggest ‘problem’ to Yahoo Be
In 2019, My Kitchen Rules judge Colin Fassnidge claimed Seven’s rival show did better at relating to viewers while revealing MasterChef Australia’s biggest ‘problem’ to Yahoo Be.
‘Their food, sometimes even for me, is serious. That’s the problem they have with their one. I couldn’t even cook what was on the show. It went too far,’ he said.
Years earlier, MasterChef’s Gary told TV Week: ‘My Kitchen Rules is quite obviously a blatant rip-off. The set looks similar to ours and the phrases are the same.’
Food critic Matt also joked at the time: ‘I hear that [My Kitchen Rules judge] Manu [Feildel] has borrowed my speech just in case he wins a Logie this year.’
Not happy! Known for his temper in the kitchen, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay (pictured) pelted a piece of salmon across the room on 2018’s season 10
Food meltdowns on set
Known for his temper in the kitchen, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay pelted a piece of salmon across the room on 2018’s season 10.
He snapped at Blue Team leader Chloe Carroll, and threw the uncooked fish towards the wall to show his disappointment.
The show’s former food critic Matt Preston also shocked viewers when he threw a plate on the ground after being presented a ‘disgusting’ pasta dish in 2010.
However, he soon clarified it was all for dramatic effect to tell season two contestant Aaron Harvie his dish was actually ‘disgustingly good’.
Dramatic! The show’s former food critic Matt Preston shocked in 2010 when he threw a plate on the ground after being presented a ‘disgusting’ pasta dish, but he later clarified it was ‘disgustingly good’
Speaking out: This week, MasterChef Australia’s eliminated star Harry Foster (pictured) lashed out at Channel 10 for being ‘snubbed’ in the edit and neglected by the social media team
Eliminated stars speak out
This week, MasterChef Australia’s eliminated star Harry Foster lashed out at Channel 10 for being ‘snubbed’ in the edit and neglected by the social media team.
Swigging beer, he joked that viewers wouldn’t have even known he had returned to the popular franchise with his lack of air time.
Harry is not the first aspiring chef to slam the program and its judges though, season 11 star Ben Trobbiani slammed the judges decision to boot him over using an ‘expensive’ duck in a zero-waste challenge.
Ben hit back while speaking to Ten Daily: ‘You can get a duck breast for like $8. Lobsters are like $100, a duck is like $15!’
‘You can get a duck breast for like $8!’ season 11 star Ben Trobbiani (pictured) slammed the judges decision to boot him over using an ‘expensive’ duck in a zero-waste challenge
Season three star Craig Young also blamed the show’s producers and lockdown for making him put on 15kg.
Craig told Sunday Mail at the time that he wasn’t given the opportunities to exercise or leave the house as often as he’d like.
Contestants Marion Grasby (2010) and Ellie Paxton-Hall (2011) have also previously complained about gaining weight while participating on the cooking show.
Gone! MasterChef Australia’s long-running hosts Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris, left the show last year after a decade of fronting the popular cooking program
New look! George, Matt and Gary were replaced last year by new judges (left to right) Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo
According to reports, former judges George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan chose to walk away from the program after Channel Ten refused to give them a significant pay rise.
At the time, George was also facing controversy for underpaying his restaurant staff by nearly $8 million between 2011 and 2017.
In July, the embattled chef was hit with a $200,000 fine, with many viewers calling for him to be dumped from the show.
They were replaced by new judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo.
MasterChef Australia continues on Tuesday from 7:30pm on Channel 10
Tune in! MasterChef Australia: Back to Win continues Tuesday from 7:30pm on Channel 10