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Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson reveals the REAL reason he’d never appear on MasterChef

Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson reveals the REAL reason he’d never appear on MasterChef

TV’s once pre-eminent celebrity chef Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson reveals why he’ll NEVER appear on MasterChef – not that they’ve asked

In the 1990s, Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson was Australia’s pre-eminent celebrity chef, appearing on TV screens nightly and starring as the public face of BI-LO.

But his celebrity status has dwindled over the years and he now lends his talents as a ‘everyman chef’ on YouTube, where his recipe videos garner about 400 views.

He still has a moral compass though, with the 72-year-old telling New Idea he would never appear on a show like MasterChef – not that they’ve asked.

Happier at home: TV’s once pre-eminent celebrity chef Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson has revealed why he’ll never appear on MasterChef – not that they’ve asked

‘I think it’s beautifully produced and I think the producers are very clever, but it’s a game show, it’s not a cooking show!’ he said of the Channel 10 cooking program.

Huey cautioned viewers to view MasterChef as a game first and foremost, and count themselves lucky if there’s ever a recipe that’s actually worth cooking.

He then reportedly joked that the main reason he wouldn’t appear on the hit show was because he’s never been asked.

Huey then referred to a poll in The Age newspaper in which readers suggested he should take over as a new judge.

It's just not cooking: 'I think it’s beautifully produced and I think the producers are very clever, but it’s a game show, it’s not a cooking show!' he said of MasterChef

It’s just not cooking: ‘I think it’s beautifully produced and I think the producers are very clever, but it’s a game show, it’s not a cooking show!’ he said of MasterChef

For his part, Huey doesn’t think modern-day TV producers are ready for the kind of realism he’d bring to the format.

‘I wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter saying that the reason we’d be the good choice for it is that we’d do real food – like the Chiko Roll challenge!’ he said of the poll.

All jokes aside, Huey’s years in the spotlight are gladly behind him. ‘I was sick to death of television after 24 years,’ he said.

Phone's not ringing off the hook: He then reportedly joked that the main reason he wouldn't appear on MasterChef was because he's never been asked

Phone’s not ringing off the hook: He then reportedly joked that the main reason he wouldn’t appear on MasterChef was because he’s never been asked

Not my style: For his part, the 72-year-old doesn't think modern-day TV producers are ready for the kind of realism he'd bring to the format: 'We’d do real food – like the Chiko Roll challenge!' Pictured is a dish from his new YouTube show, which gets about 400 views per video

Not my style: For his part, the 72-year-old doesn’t think modern-day TV producers are ready for the kind of realism he’d bring to the format: ‘We’d do real food – like the Chiko Roll challenge!’ Pictured is a dish from his new YouTube show, which gets about 400 views per video

Iain starred on Channel 10 lifestyle program Healthy, Wealthy and Wise from 1992 to 1998, and from 1997 to 2014 hosted his own cooking show Huey’s Cooking Adventures (later renamed Huey’s Kitchen).

He has previously slammed reality TV cooking shows like MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules as ‘pretentious rubbish’. 

Rubbish: Huey has previously slammed reality TV cooking shows like MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules as 'pretentious rubbish', and has even taken aim at hipster restaurants

Rubbish: Huey has previously slammed reality TV cooking shows like MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules as ‘pretentious rubbish’, and has even taken aim at hipster restaurants

And in 2018 he lashed out at hipster restaurants that serve ‘deconstructed’ versions of classic dishes.

During an appearance on Today Extra in 2018, the outspoken chef dismissed the bizarre trend as “wacky” and said the owners of a Newcastle café that served ‘deconstructed Vegemite on toast’ for $7 had “lost their minds”.

'Have we lost our minds?' During an interview on Today Extra on Monday Iain 'Huey' Hewitson (pictured) slammed a hipster restaurant that served 'deconstructed Vegemite on toast' for $7

‘Have we lost our minds?’ During an interview on Today Extra on Monday Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson (pictured) slammed a hipster restaurant that served ‘deconstructed Vegemite on toast’ for $7

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'Ridiculous': Core Espresso in Newcastle made headlines in 2018, after a photo of its deconstructed $7 Vegemite toast (pictured) went viral

‘Ridiculous’: Core Espresso in Newcastle made headlines in 2018, after a photo of its deconstructed $7 Vegemite toast (pictured) went viral

New Zealand-born Huey is currently promoting his YouTube show Huey’s Fabulous Fast Food for One or Two.

He once said on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair that cooking programs like MasterChef and MKR – both of which are aired on rival commercial networks – have devolved into ‘pretentious rubbish’.

‘They started off simple, and the next minute you turn around and they’re doing deconstructed rubbish with smears on the plate!’ he raged.

He's not happy! Huey recently said on Channel Nine's A Current Affair that cooking programs like MasterChef and MKR have devolved into 'pretentious rubbish'

He's not happy! Huey recently said on Channel Nine's A Current Affair that cooking programs like MasterChef and MKR have devolved into 'pretentious rubbish'. Pictured: My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel

He’s not happy! Huey once said on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair that cooking programs like MasterChef and MKR have devolved into ‘pretentious rubbish’. Right: MKR’s Manu Feildel

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