Judge Melissa Leong has explained what happens to the leftover ingredients and food after challenges wrap up, saying sustainability and a “low waste policy” is a big priority for the Channel 10 show.
With a full-time sustainability officer working on the show, Melissa said some food is given to “food rescue” group Second Bite, which then redistributes it to charities and not-for-profit organisations, while the rest is put through a “closed-loop organic system”.
“Nothing gets thrown away that could have another life. So some of the produce is also distributed to cast and crew as well, we donate money to charity and then we can kind of go shopping at work every so often,” she told The Design Files.
As for the closed-loop composting, she explained: “What happens is that it gets ground down and cooked into compost, and that goes back into the gardens at Masterchef because that’s a huge part of the show, the fact that we grow fruits and vegetable s and herbs that the contestants can use”.
Melissa said she also made a special request to production while shooting, and that is “no single-use plastic” on her rider.