You must have heard about the whole crispy rendang
fiasco by now.
It's pretty amazing considering the fact that one man was able to get four countries to agree on one thing with a single comment.
Some politicians can't even do that.
But the infamous Masterchef UK
judge Gregg Wallace did it after he criticised Malaysian-born contestant Zaleha Kadir Olpin's nasi lemak ayam rendang
dish on the show.
What is even more bizarre is that his co-judge John Torode had a whole travel series dedicated to Malaysian food
a few years ago titled John Torode's Malaysian Adventures
and he even learned how to cook duck rendang
in one of the episodes!
So how could he have sat through the entire judging process without saying a word about it?
After successfully pissing off a few hundred million people within 30 seconds, including our Prime Minister
, Wallace has come forward to attempt to put out the fire.
He appeared on British talk show Good Morning Britain
on Wednesday (4 April) and explained that his remark was completely misunderstood.
"I didn’t mean it should be fried, like fried chicken. What I meant was it wasn’t cooked
. It simply wasn’t cooked. It was white and flabby," he said.
So, as an expert in food, you confused the words 'crispy' and 'not cooked'? Okay.
Wallace added that Zaleha didn't get eliminated because her chicken skin wasn't crispy, but because other cooks did better.
Torode who was also present on the show defended their decision.
"I did a whole series on Malaysia
. Malaysian food is fantastic. But I said to her, it wasn’t cooked enough," he said.
Well, calling our food "fantastic" is not going to save the situation, but okay, whatever floats your boat.
Maybe you guys should lay low for a while.