MasterChef viewers were stunned as they believed a contestant had broken the ‘rules’ with a controversial dish. Grace Dent, restaurant critic for The Guardian, challenged the cooks on tonight’s show to cook something close to her heart on the BBC show on Wednesday night (30 March) – potatoes .
She asked home cooks to make the humble potato the star of the show. But there was controversy when Joanna, a social media manager in London, opted to use sweet potatoes – or yams – to make a pile for one of the items on her dish. Viewers announced the decision as they said yams are technically not potatoes.
Yams are part of the genus Dioscorea and belong to their own special family, Dioscoreaceae. But they look like potatoes because they are tubers – a plant that grows mostly underground – like potatoes.
Read moreMasterChef fans are calling to “stop using” the phrase on Solihull’s Pookie. Viewers took to Twitter to comment. @DuncanDucky wrote: “The challenge was for potatoes not sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are not potatoes. #MasterChef #MasterChefUK.”
@Rafal_lafaR said: “The sweet potato is not a #MasterChef potato.” @Charliespoons1 echoed, “Uh, yams aren’t #Masterchef potatoes.”
@FionaKenny1 added, “#Masterchef making potatoes as the star of the show. Something I can get. There’s someone cooking sweet potatoes. I think maybe she should be disqualified.”
The judges were happy with the dish including sweet potatoes – but weren’t so happy with the taste. Grace Dent told Joanne the sweet potato element was “grainy”, adding, “It’s not the nicest thing.”
Gregg Wallace added, “Without the cornbread, I really struggle with it because it’s not a stack, it’s a mash.” Joanna and Leon were eliminated from the show before the quarter-finals.
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