MasterChef NZ’s Tony Price has stood by his decision to call out fellow contestants Ana Schwarz and Chelsea Winter for cheating on the show.
The pair cheated in one of the Singapore tasks by sharing ingredients when they were specifically told not to and Price saw fit to let the judges know about it.
“The final decision I made was, ‘Well, if these two win the challenge and get away with this and I get eliminated as a result I’ll kick myself for not speaking up’,” he said.
“I knew it was risky (but) I never felt bad about doing it or I wouldn’t have done it in the first place.”
Price was made aware of the girls’ actions when Winter told him during a lunch break that she’d swapped her lemongrass for Schwarz’s fish sauce.
Price and fellow contestant Brenton Thornton were given the prize for the task of a flash meal out in Singapore after the judges took exception to the girls’ actions.
“What I wasn’t expecting was to win the dinner by default. I hated that with an enormous amount of vitriol. It denied me the opportunity to have my dishes tasted by their own merits in regards to that prize, and it implicated Brenton and served him the same fate off the back of something that I’d done.
“That was a screwy, wrong, bad decision that they made. They should have gone, ‘Righto, everyone’s dishes will be judged (and) Brenton and Tony will have immunity’. I think Ana and Chelsea should have gone (head-to-head) in the pigeon challenge.”
Schwarz and Winter have since won their won through to the grand finale.