MasterChef viewers call out judge Matt Preston for 'cheating'

Olivia Morris
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Being constantly surrounded by food on MasterChef, it must be difficult not to snag a sneaky taste here and there when you can.

But judge Matt Preston has been scolded by viewers on social media for doing just that on Sunday night’s show.

Contestants were faced with a mystery box challenge where they had one hour to use a loaf of bread as their main ingredient and turn it into something delicious.

Matt Preston has been scolded by viewers on social media for tasting Jess Liemantara’s on Sunday night’s show. Source: Ten

Gary Mehigan announced only the “three most appealing dishes” would be tasted by himself and Matt.

However, it seems that memo wasn’t made clear to Matt, because he was happy to chow down on star Jess Liemantara’s Indonesian fried sandwich with a plum sauce well before judging took place.

“I’m loving it,” Matt said as he was eyeing up Jess’ dish. “It’s unlike anything else you’ve cooked before and I think that’s brilliant and I think it’s exciting.

“Should we have a look? Let’s have a look.”

The 54-year-old was then ready to go in for the kill.

He took a sneaky taste of Jess’ Indonesian fried bread sandwich. Source: Ten

“Let’s just taste it together,” he said. “Let’s see.”

Jess cut him a fairly substantial piece, then Matt dipped the fried bread in the plum sauce and took a nice big bite.

Chow down, Matt. Source: Ten
Is that good, Matt? Source: Ten

However, despite Matt tasting her “delicious” dish early, it wasn’t enough to snag her a spot in the top three to be tasted by both judges.

There were a fair few viewers who took to social media to call out Matt for “cheating”.

We’re sure Matt’s happy he got to taste four dishes.

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