The unnamed father of one contestant has admitted that he hired a private chef for six weeks to teach his child, who made the top 50, how to cook like a professional. He also claimed that the recipes that the young participants apparently create and cook spontaneously weeks are actually given to them weeks in advance.
He told the Herald Sun: "The kids act all surprised, but they have had the recipes for weeks. While everything looks spontaneous, the reality is these kids have cooked the dishes 50 times. It's not reality, it's all staged."
The mother of the same contestant said that many parents complained that their children felt flat after gruelling days on the Junior MasterChef set, revealing that a psychologist is sometimes brought in to "pump up" morale.
Production company Shine later admitted that contestants did "get some information about the challenges in advance", but insisted that they are not given recipes.
Junior MasterChef's ratings are currently at a record low, with only 1.129 million viewers for the series premiere and 741,000 people watching on Monday night's episode.
Judge George Calombaris recently admitted that the success of the show may not last much longer.
Junior MasterChef Australia airs on Monday nights at 7.30pm on Channel Ten.
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