Burnt chop ends Masterchef run of Tar­ras moun­tain man

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

A Tar­ras high coun­try farmer’s bid to be­come New Zealand’s next MasterChef has come to an end – but his re­al­ity tele­vi­sion ca­reer is not over yet. Jonny Tre­vathan be­come an overnight sen­sa­tion af­ter ex­plain­ing to the judges on the first episode of the cook­ing show’s fourth sea­son that he liked to cook all meat – "ex­cept chicken, be­cause it’s like a lady’s meat, it’s more like a veg­etable". He then went on to im­press the judges with a per­fectly cooked veni­son back­strap from a deer he had shot him­self in the Lindis Pass and was se­lected with 23 oth­ers to carry on in the com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, on Sun­day night’s episode of the show he failed to im­press the judges af­ter burn­ing a pork chop and pro­duc­ing a ‘‘medi­ocre’’ salad and was bumped from the show. Mr Tre­vathan, who is the chair­man of the Tar­ras Young Farm­ers Club, said the show ‘‘was some­thing en­joy­ably dif­fer­ent’’. His main goal was to show oth­ers that meals could be pro­duced from hunted an­i­mals and that it was pos­si­ble to source and cook your own game meals. ‘‘You don’t have to go to the su­per­mar­ket to cook and find food or cre­ate an ex­pen­sive meal,’’ Mr Tre­vathan said. De­spite be­ing kicked off the show Mr Tre­vathan was ap­proached by TVNZ to star in an­other show, ex­pected to be filmed at his home in Tar­ras next month. He did not know the de­tails of the show but ‘‘some­thing else is in the pipe­line’’, he said. A Face­book page dubbed Jonny Tre­vathan Fan Club, sev­eral ‘‘hu­mour posters’’ and even a video of him singing Dun­can by Slim Dusty at the Lug­gate Ho­tel Coun­try Idol 2010 have been gain­ing the at­ten­tion of fans since Tre­vathan ap­peared in the cook­ing show. ‘‘He sees a spade as a spade. A true Kiwi bloke,’’ the fan club says. How­ever, in an on­line poll taken by just over 4500 peo­ple, the ma­jor­ity did not agree with Tre­vathan’s chicken com­ments with only 38 per cent choos­ing the op­tion ‘‘I’m with Jonny – veg­etable’’ and 62 per cent choos­ing ‘‘Of course it’s meat, meat­head’’.

Jonny Tre­vathan

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