MASTERCHEF: The Professionals viewers were fuming tonight over a “smug and pretentious” addition to the show.
The semi finals of the BBC hit saw the second group of four chefs cooking for a group of 20 of the UK’s best pop-up chefs and food entrepreneurs.
Sagar, Charlie, Owen and Gabriella were all competing for a place in finals week.
The task in tonight’s episode saw them being given three hours to prepare twenty portions of food in a limited space with no ovens.
But while the four contestants worked their socks off, viewers were less impressed by the pop-up’s guests who judged the food on offer.
Fans complained that the foodies were all “smug and pretentious” and were turned off by their comments.
“The barbecue only really shone through for me on the broccoli,” commented one of the entrepreneurs, who sported a hipster-style baseball cap.
Twitter was soon flooded with viewers expressing their displeasure at the folks considered at the top of the pop-up scene.
“The most important thing we have learned from the last couple of episodes is that successful pop-up owners are smug, pretentious *****” one viewer fumed.
“Loving these chefs but why invite other food people in,” asked another. “some of them are so…well…w****.”
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A third commented on the appearance of the pop-up experts, saying: “If you’re not dressed in black, you don’t pass the dress code.”
“They are insufferable,” agreed a fourth, while a fifth referred to the bunch as “up-their-own ar**s”.
In the end though, the decision of who went through to finals week was down to the judges, Gregg Wallace, Marcus Wareing and newcomer Anna Haugh.
And it was a lucky night for the boys as Sagar, Charlie and Owen all made the cut, while an emotional Gabriella was sent home.
“I feel a little bit heartbroken that I’m going home, ” she said. “But this has by far been the hardest thing in my entire career and life, but definitely the most rewarding. This is absolutely up there with the best thing I have ever done.”