MasterChef judges taste contestants dishes off-camera and are fed their on-camera reactions by producers, judge George Calombaris has admitted.
The taste tester said the time it takes to move cameras around for each segment prevents real-time taste testing and food has to be reheated.
"Some things do get reheated if it's like a sauce," he said.
"There is over 100 staff to make this show. You've got seven cameramen, lighting departments. By the time they reposition everything for the next segment, it takes a long time."
Denying tasting delays affect the final judgement, he added: "Generally with meat...you will still know how it is cooked from your professional judgement."
To ensure judges taste dishes at their optimum temperatures, contestants make extra for tasting directly after they down tools.
"When we say, 'Stop cooking' we do a quick wander of the room and taste stuff out of their pot," he said.
"When we go to taste the things you see (on-screen) we are going back to our mental notes and a lot of the time we jot stuff down...or the producers will pump it down back into our ears."
The competitive cooking show has recently been embroiled in controversy after it was revealed contestants are allowed to replate dishes under some circumstances.
Calombaris said he would have quit if Callum Hann's replated dish presented last week had've won the challenge.
Listen to the interview with George here.
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