Burnt chop ends Masterchef run of Tarras mountain man
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’’.