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What's with all the wanky plate turning on Masterchef?

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MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 09:27:58

A plate of lovely food gets placed reverently in front of Marcus, Monica and Greg, and then the chef feels the need to deftly rotate it by approximately 120 degrees.

Might try that with our takeaway Chinese tonight.

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 09:28:18

Warning: please don't tell me it's theatre. wink

MothertotheLordsofmisrule Fri 18-Nov-16 09:40:30

They arrange the plate facing them to an aesthetically pleased standard, pick it up and carry to judges.

Plate then needs to be rotated to present the naice side/angle/whatever. Otherwise they might see the slightly overdone bit hidden round the back grin

Caroian Fri 18-Nov-16 09:40:31

I don't watch Masterchef, but I guesd this is much like service in high end restaurants. It is because food has a "way round" on the plate - it is laid out a particular way to look nice. Plates are carried at the 12 o'clock position. When they are placed on the table, it can't neatly be done with the 12 o'clock at the top, so it is placed and then rotated so the presentation is correct for the diner. Put like that it does sound a bit silly, but presentation is important to smart restaurants and obviously in competitions.

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 09:48:03

Why don't they just carry the plates over at 6 o'clock and dispense with the wanky turning bit? grin

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:00:05

Anyway, I'll rotate my plate how I want it. As everyone knows, protein should sit at 8 o'clock, veg at 4 o'clock and the carbs should be relegated to the north of the plate.

Dahlietta Fri 18-Nov-16 10:00:26

YABU. Everything about Masterchef is totally awesome, even the plate-turning.

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:01:11

None of this fancy piling business chez Mardy.

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:04:28

Mind you, I've just said "chez". I don't have a leg to stand on with the wanky accusations.

scaryclown Fri 18-Nov-16 10:04:33

When i make proper meals the potato farmhouse is at the back with the broccoli trees (all distressing!) and the mince field amd pea bushes are in the foreground.


Dahlietta Fri 18-Nov-16 10:05:28

You'll be serving yourself dinner on top of a perspex box before you know it. And then rotating it 120 degrees.

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:05:45

That sounds good to me scary as long as the mince is on the left.

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:07:13

grin at the perspex box. I don't live near the sea though. Maybe I should just nip up the park and fill one with leaves, twigs and an unclaimed dog turd.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Fri 18-Nov-16 10:07:47

Yes the plate turning is the only wanky thing on the show....
Nothing was wankish about the food, presenters, contestants. Oh no.


MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:07:52

"YABU. Everything about Masterchef is totally awesome, even the plate-turning."

Would like to see you defend the perspex box though.

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:09:18

Good point Lois. The plate turning is my current focus.

I once started a long thread about Greg and John's appalling pronoun usage.

Dahlietta Fri 18-Nov-16 10:09:34

Would like to see you defend the perspex box though

That bloke was lost. He thought he was on the Great British Menu.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Fri 18-Nov-16 10:09:49

don't watch Great British Menu....they are always issuing directional instructions to the waiting staff

sauce pot on the left, cabbage at the top, remove the smoke cannisters with a minor flourish....

It's the only carrying two plates through that pisses me off...there are three judges, get Marcus or Monica to help out OR learn how to carry three plates... you eejit.
Or get a bloody tray.


MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:17:08

"learn how to carry three plates"

They'd be dropping them all the time.

I don't watch the Great British Menu, and I'm not sure I could cope tbh.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Fri 18-Nov-16 10:17:40

Next time I watch it, the plate turning is going to irritate the shit out of me. I hadn't really noticed before. Too busy wincing at the wanky words. Sourced, flourished, journey etc. It's a love to hate showgrin

MardyBra Fri 18-Nov-16 10:18:47

You forgot "foraged" Lois.

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Fri 18-Nov-16 10:20:19

Ooh don't watch Chefs Table on Netflix. Wankrey of the highest order. Only the toughest can take it.

Dahlietta Fri 18-Nov-16 10:23:03

* I don't watch the Great British Menu, and I'm not sure I could cope tbh*

Don't watch it. I haven't seen it very often, but every time I have, it's involved people using wanky objects (not literally) instead of plates. Definitely not in Masterchef's league wink

WouldHave Fri 18-Nov-16 10:24:32

The pillock with the perspex box should have been told to leave as soon as he produced it, on the grounds that that alone qualified him for dismissal.

WouldHave Fri 18-Nov-16 10:24:58

Likewise anyone who thinks they should serve food on slate or wood.

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