MasterChef star Laura Sharrad has been repeatedly called out for making too many pasta dishes by viewers on social media.
But now the 24-year-old chef, who owns NIDO Bar and Pasta with her husband Max, has clapped back at her online trolls.
“We've all got our specialties,” she told TV Week.
“And I do own a pasta restaurant so it would be weird if I didn't cook pasta on the show.”
She also made a joke about fellow contestant Poh Ling Yeow decided to cook a pasta dish.
“When she started cooking pasta, I'm like ‘Damn you, Poh! Stay out of my lane’,” she quipped.
Laura’s pasta dishes cause a stir with MasterChef fans
Laura had made it through an earlier pressure test with a ravioli dish that may have impressed the judges but rubbed a number of fans the wrong way.
At the time social media was flooded with criticism and defence of the chef, with one person asking: “Can Laura make ANYTHING else but pasta?!!”
Dear Laura.. It's called MasterChef, not PastaChef - pls learn a new dish! #MasterChefAU— Thom Landers (@thomlanders) April 28, 2020
“Three things in life are certain. Death. Taxes. And Laura cooking a bloody pasta dish every bloody episode,” agreed another.
“Laura’s a top contender for making pasta pasta pasta?” one wondered. “Really feels like some of the other cooks are not getting enough screen time/attention (so far).
Fans defend Laura’s ‘amazing’ dishes
But plenty of her fans have stood up for the queen of pasta online as well.
Don’t understand the issue with Laura cooking pasta all the time. She’s great at it and makes amazing dishes. I love watching what she comes up with and dream about eating it ❤️ #MasterChefAU— honestrudie (@honestrudie) April 28, 2020
Laura has proudly spoken about her love of pasta on the show, saying: “This is what I do. This is my heritage.”