MasterChef fans were left reaching for the popcorn last night when judge Jock Zonfrillo and contestant Laura Sharrad had a tiff in the middle of a cook.
During last night’s immunity challenge, Laura, Reece, Poh and Emilia were tasked with making three dishes using the humble pumpkin.
They each had 90 minutes to serve up their dishes and they had to bring one plate up to the judges every thirty minutes.
Laura, who came second on season six of the reality cooking show, when she was just 18-years-old, decided to whip up a roast pumpkin tortellini with ricotta, brown butter and sage.
And while Laura and Jock are usually on the same page when it comes to a lot of her dishes, the MasterChef judge was put off by the idea, calling it a 'yawnfest'.
“A pumpkin-filled tortellini, how many times do you go to a restaurant and you are so disappointed by that dish?” Jock asked Laura, who hit back with the response: “Well, the only time I eat it, Jock, is in my restaurant and I’m not disappointed by it.”
Fans were divided about the exchange with many siding with Laura and others slamming her for the comment.
“Laura Laura Laura never insult the person with the whistle . Your dish was never going to get to the next round no matter what,” one person wrote online.
“Ha! Laura being super sassy to Jock about her pumpkin pasta dish and STILL hasn’t been called the “pasta girl” by the judges... wotttt ,” a commenter wrote online.
Another person sided completely with Laura duing her exchange with Jock , saying it was great that she backed herself.
“Jock was over-doing his criticism of Laura to make up for the favouritism he's shown her at the beginning of the series so he's not seen as being bias,” another person said.
“Good for Laura for telling Jock to jog on,” a fan of the show said, with another adding: “Laura sassing Jock was so satisfying to watch! I can't even.”
Fans have previously called out Jock for apparently showing ‘favouritism’ towards Laura, however, the pair know each other from before the show.
Laura previously worked as a pastry chef at Jock’s Adelaide restaurants, Orana, but the judge said that wouldn’t be impacting how he judges her dishes on the show.
"My job in MasterChef is to judge each plate of food that is put in front of me, not the person who made it," Jock told the Daily Telegraph.
"I said it in the first tasting, there is no favouritism, just to be clear.
"If anything Laura will be at a disadvantage carrying the weight of cooking for her mentor."