Prince Charles Judges ‘MasterChef’ Australia... But Doesn't Eat Anything

Royals fanatics have some theories why.

By Ethan L. Johns
July 06, 2018

Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

When it comes to parties, Prince Charles sure knows how to throw one. But when he actually gets the chance to attend them, well… we’re not so sure.

Australian fans of food television were #blessed this week when the British royal was featured on an episode of the country’s own MasterChef series. But as the show went on, they slowly realized something peculiar: the Prince of Wales wasn’t actually eating any food.

The chef-contestants were tasked with whipping up creative canapés for the prince, and worked through an approaching storm, according to the promotional video. One chef crafted a miniature version of fish and chips, while another used green ants as a garnish. Prince Charles was not filmed eating any of them.

We understand why he might not have gone for the green ants, but not touching anything at all? Wasting food is a cardinal sin, after all.

Some have ventured guesses that it is against the rules for royals to eat on camera. Others simply pointed to the custom that royal family members skip out on foods like shellfish in public, to avoid food poisoning.

Or perhaps it was simply the fact that Charles didn’t have his beefeater with him at the time.


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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns