‘Lemon tart is not a pie’: Celebrity MasterChef fans were NOT impressed by the judges’ semi-final decision

Viewers weren't happy with Stefanie Reid's choice of 'pie'

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You’d think that baking a pie would be a pretty straightforward challenge for Celebrity Masterchef’s semi finalists.


But viewers were left with a sour taste in their mouths after Paralympian Stefanie Reid decided to whip up a lemon tart when judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode challenged the remaining contestants to make a sweet or savoury pie.

“Honestly, I don’t have much experience with pies,” Reid told a baffled Wallace after revealing exactly what she’d be baking. “I don’t eat them a lot, I don’t make them.

“I’m making a lemon tart, which should class as a pie because it has a sweet shortcrust pastry base.”

“You know how it’s going to look, there’s just a certain level of controversy over whether your tart is a pie,” Wallace told Reid.

When she questioned whether her choice would be controversial, Wallace responded:”You just called it a tart.”

“I’m making a sweet lemon pie, I’ve changed my mind,” Reid said.

Suffice to say many viewers didn’t feel the same way — especially after Strictly’s AJ Pritchard and comedian Zoe Lyons (who did bake a pie) were eliminated from the competition. “Lemon tart is not a pie,” one viewer posted on Twitter.

“AJ did not deserve to go!! The tart pretending to be a pie should have gone,” another viewer posted.

To make matters worse, Reid didn’t add a meringue lid to her ‘pie’, instead placing mini meringues around the side.

Today’s lesson? When life gives you lemons… don’t make a tart.


Reid will compete in the final four alongside John Partridge, Martin Bayfield and Spencer Matthews on Thursday 27th September at 8pm on BBC1