'So ridiculous!' MasterChef's controversial decision slammed

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Thursday night's episode of MasterChef left social media fuming over a decision that was made that saw Amina Elshafei unable to taste her own dishes.

The episode involved Amina, Tracy Collins and Emelia Jackson cooking five plates in a sushi train challenge where the other contestants and judges would also be dining, meaning they had to make 100 plates each.

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Viewers were left angry when Amina wasn't given halal beef, so she was unable to taste her own dish before sending it out. Photo: Ten

During the challenge, Amina was forced to cook with beef that wasn't halal, meaning she couldn't taste it while cooking.

She asked Emelia to taste her bulgogi for her, something that viewers have praised.

Emelia for helping Amina by tasting her beef dish
Viewers have praised Emelia for helping Amina by tasting her beef dish and telling her what needed to be added. Photo: Ten

One viewer wrote, "Emelia tasting Amina's food to give her an idea about what it taste like because it isn't halal... That is why we love @masterchefau. No sabotage here, good wholesome camaraderie."

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Another added, "Emelia tasting Amina’s beef because it ain’t halal is so wholesome and a win for representation on TV."

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Someone else wrote, "Very nice moment on @masterchefau tonight when Emilia tried Amina's meat because it wasn't halal."

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However, others were upset that the show didn't try and make sure the meat was halal given there were so few people cooking that night.

One user wrote, "I'm just mad they couldn’t find any halal meat options for Amina to cook with at the very least."

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Another added, "Why is the meat not halal when the competitor is Muslim? How can Masterchef not accomodate for her?? Honestly so ridiculous..... how hard can it be to attain halal meat for a challenge that she is knowingly competing in."

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Someone else said, "If you knew Amina was cooking, out of only 3 people today, why wouldn't you make sure the meat is halal?"

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Amina, luckily, went on to win the challenge with the judges enjoying her plates the most.

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It's not the first time MasterChef has done this. Fans thought it was unfair when Amina was forced into cooking pork – something she is unable to eat due to her Muslim beliefs – during her first MasterChef run in 2012. This dish is what led to her elimination.

A similar situation happened a year later in 2013 when Samira El Khafir, who is also Muslim, was eliminated after cooking a pork dish during her MasterChef season.

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