What happens to the leftover food on MasterChef Australia?
After the judges finish eating, the contestants often make a small plate for themselves and are encouraged to take home leftovers.
And, the remaining leftovers - both food and produce - is donated to people in need.
According to 10Daily, MasterChef has a partnership with Second Bite, a not-for-profit that aims to squash food waste and food insecurity in Australia.
“The MasterChef pantry is replenished on an almost daily basis while the program is shooting and we collect daily from the MasterChef studios,” Second Bite CEO Jim Mullan told the outlet in 2019.
“Everything you see in the pantry that’s applied through the program, everything that we can possibly salvage, we collect and divert it to people in need, generally in the Melbourne area.”
This includes Salvation Army and Vinnies, small soup kitchens, and mission services.
“At every angle and with every respect you look at, MasterChef as an operation, there’s that concern to make sure that, as a food program, they do the right thing and work to the highest environmental and moral standards.”
Who would've thought that one of the most wholesome shows on television has a sustainable and socio-economically proactive response to food waste? Well, anyone who watched a mere minute of the program, to be honest, but we simply love to see it.