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MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo emphasizes that ‘favoritism is just not a thing’ on the show

‘It’s noise over nothing’: MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo insists that ‘favoritism is just not a thing’ despite fans’ anger over his controversial decisions about the show

MasterChef Australia: Back To Win judge Jock Zonfrillo has denied the claim that he favors certain contestants.

In a column for this week Stellar Magazinesaid the 43-year-old: “Favoritism is simply not a thing. It is not something that we as judges would accept from each other. ‘

“If it tastes nonsense, it tastes nonsense,” he insisted.

Speaking: MasterChef Australia: Back To Win Judge Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) has denied the claim that he favors certain contestants

Speaking: MasterChef Australia: Back To Win Judge Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) has denied the claim that he favors certain contestants

Fans have accused Jock of a “conflict of interest” and of the show “manipulated” with regard to contestant Laura Sharrad for ever working under him.

After her first appearance on MasterChef in 2014, Laura started working as a pastry chef at Jock’s award-winning restaurant, Oran.

The problem arose when the 24-year-old season six runner-up created a pasta dish on a recent episode during a cooking challenge, and received high praise from Jock, leading to fan claims of favoritism.

In a column for this week’s Stellar Magazine, the 43-year-old stated, “Favoritism is simply not a thing. It is not something that we as judges would accept from each other ‘

The Scottish-born chef added: “Twitter is its own bubble where 25 people respond to things before they even see what’s happening.”

Speaking to the episode, Jock said, “As for ‘Pasta gate’, if people count the number of times Laura makes pasta for the amount she doesn’t have, I’m sure they’d find it almost right – or there are more sometimes she hasn’t made pasta. ‘

“There’s a lot of noise about nothing,” he added.

He was also accused of showing favoritism towards Poh Ling Yeow after selecting her as the winner of a mystery box challenge last month.

Poh managed to beat co-stars Laura Sharrad, Simon Toohey and Sarah Tiong – who arguably created more complex dishes – with her simple lemon tart with lemon curd and burning Italian meringue.

Allegations: Fans have accused Jock of a 'conflict of interest' and appearance of 'manipulated' regarding participant Laura Sharrad (photo) for working under him

Allegations: Fans have accused Jock of a 'conflict of interest' and appearance of 'manipulated' regarding participant Laura Sharrad (photo) for working under him

Allegations: Fans have accused Jock of a ‘conflict of interest’ and appearance of ‘manipulated’ regarding participant Laura Sharrad (photo) for working under him

Speaking to the episode, Jock said, “As for ‘Pasta gate’, if people count the number of times Laura makes pasta for the amount she doesn’t have, I’m sure they’d find it almost right – or there are more once she didn’t make pasta ‘

Talk: He was also accused of showing favoritism toward Poh Ling Yeow after selecting her as the winner of a mystery box challenge last month. “There’s a lot of noise about nothing,” he said

All judges agreed that the cake was a winning dish, but viewers called Jock a point for what they considered his “blatant” prejudice in favor of Poh.

Many fans expressed their frustration on Facebook, calling it a “conspiracy” and an “intent.”

The Scottish-born chef and philanthropist concluded the fans’ comments: “Having the support of your colleagues is even more important if you are criticized negatively.

“Twitter is its own bubble where 25 people respond to things before they even see what’s happening.”

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar

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