MasterChef viewers poke fun at “deconstructed” cheesecake episode

The cheesecake in question - Credit: BBC

Popular BBC cooking show MasterChef has attracted a host of jokes on Twitter after a participant served up a controversial “deconstructed” cheesecake.

This week the show’s 12th series, which began last Wednesday, saw contestant Caron serve former finalists Saira Hamilton, Larkin Cen and Natalie Coleman a coconut and white chocolate cheesecake with a gluten-free base, with a touch of blue cheese, pineapple salsa, white rum, lime, and mango coulis.

Rather than created as a traditional cheesecake, the dessert was assembled in separate parts on the plate, with the base sprinkled on the plate and the cream cheese element spooned on top.

And while the judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode were split over their opinions of the dish – Wallace called it “yummy” but Torode said it was just a “blob of cream cheese” ‒ viewers took to Twitter to poke fun at the deconstructed concept.

"Why? Why? Why?"

The most popular Tweets included a deconstructed cup of tea, featuring a photo of a kettle, bottle of milk, teacup and teabag; while others tweeted photos of whole fruits to show a deconstructed fruit salad, and another user recalled the scene in classic sitcom Friends, in which characters Chandler and Rachel eat a cheesecake off the floor after it was accidentally dropped.

Caron’s use of blue cheese in the recipe also attracted comment, with one user asking simply asking “Why? Why? Why?”

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