KUALA LUMPUR: A petition demanding an apology from MasterChef UK judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace has been started a day ago.
The petition was started by a user named ‘justice for chicken rendang’ on Change.org.
At the time of writing, 673 individuals have signed the petition.
Those who signed also gave their reasons for doing so.
Abdul Rahim Ismail from Petaling Jaya said a chef should know the food they taste.
“And to ridicule other nations’ dishes is just unprofessional of a chef of such,” he wrote.
Ernest Wee said the two chefs clearly did not know what a rendang dish is.
“Please la, come Malaysia and try first before you simply comment and judge. Noob judge.”
Joey Wong, who also signed the petition, said a professional chef should have an international taste and knowledge of food.
The two judges in the BBC television competitive cooking show have been getting a barrage of criticism from Malaysians.
The duo were just not impressed by former MasterChef UK contestant Zaleha Kadir Olpin’s rendition of the traditional nasi lemak with chicken rendang.
The chicken skin, the judges had said, “wasn’t crispy” and the “meat didn’t fall off the bone”.
It didn’t help of course that Torode chose to further fan the flames by posting on his Twitter account: “Maybe Rendang is Indonesian !! Love this !! Brilliant how excited you are all getting .. Namaste.”
Change.org is a platform for people everywhere to start campaigns, mobilise supporters, and work with decision makers to drive solutions.
If you are for it, the petition is here: https://www.change.org/p/bbc-an-apology-from-chef-gregg-wallace-and-chef...?
It is also interesting to note that public dissatisfaction with Torode has spilled over to Wikipedia.
Apparently, his Wikipedia entry was vandalised.
It is understood that one of the entry labelled Torode as “an Australian celebrity chef who believes that rendang could be made crispy.”
However, a check by the New Straits Times indicated that the edit had been removed.
The original entry made no mention of crispy rendang.
Wikipedia is open to all, enabling anyone to edit any unprotected page which is meant to improve articles immediately for all readers.
A screenshot of the vandalised Wikipedia entry was shared on social media by folks who were still clearly upset by his comments.