Following the recent MasterChef UK episode where Kuantan-born Zaleha Kadir Olpin was eliminated due to the skin of her chicken rendang not being ‘crispy’ and unable to be eaten according to one of the judges, Gregg Wallace, has drawn international condemnation for his infamous remark.
Wallace has come out into the open to explain himself and claimed that the meat was “not cooked”.
He said, during an interview with British talk show Good Morning Britain (GMB) yesterday, April 4,
“I didn’t mean it should be fried, like fried chicken. What I meant was it wasn’t cooked. It simply wasn’t cooked. It was white and flabby.”
Fellow MasterChef UK judge, John Torode was also present during the interview.
GMB’s Kate Garraway asked Wallace to explained what happened, and the judge explained that Zaleha was sent home because “the other cooks were better”.
Garraway reminded him,
“But you said crispy.”
Wallace hit back saying,
“Rest assured, the best cooks will always go through.”
Torode defended their decision on eliminating Zaleha and said he “did a whole series on Malaysia”, calling the nation’s food “fantastic”.
Upon hearing Garraway’s comment that he (Wallace) “should know then”, Torode replied confidently,
“Well, I do. I said to her, it wasn’t cooked enough.”
Wallace then went on to clarify that Zaleha did not go out because her rendang skin was not crispy. He said,
“She went out because the other cooks were better.”
This came after netizens created a petition on Change.org demanding an apology from John Torode and Gregg Wallace.
Wallace had also noted Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s comments on the elimination decision with the following remark,
“Oh for crying out loud… the Malaysian Prime Minister has got involved as well.”
Source: Hello Magazine
Guys, just apologize publically and save yourselves some face, going as far as to ‘clarify’ the mistakes you’ve made on live television is backfiring at you! Wallace, you CLEARLY said that the skin wasn’t CRISPY and that the sauce is all over the chicken, therefore you can’t eat it.
Perhaps Zaleha should’ve chosen smaller pieces of chicken to serve on the plate, cause we all know a whole chicken leg takes a longer time to fully cook.
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