Contestant James certainly got viewers talking in the first episode of MasterChef – but it wasn’t about his cod with cauliflower puree.
Instead, the 24-year-old from Oxford did the ‘double dip’ – yep, he tasted his sauce with a spoon, before putting the spoon back in the sauce.
Viewers were – and this is no exaggeration – horrified:
Not that it seemed to hinder James’s progress. Despite his spoon gaffe, the wine shop worker made it through to the quarter-finals after impressing judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with his dishes.
“James looks like he may have the makings of a very, very good cook indeed,” said Wallace, as Torode added: “For an amateur out of their home kitchen that is quite extraordinary, what James did today.”
Viewers couldn’t agree more John.
MasterChef continues Thursday 1st March at 8pm on BBC1