As had been rumoured a few weeks ago, MasterChef contestant Mat Beyer got booted off the show on Wednesday night’s episode after he was caught breaking the rules by using a mobile phone. Beyer said that he’d used the phone not to look up recipes, but to stay in touch with his girlfriend. Assuming he’s telling the truth, how on earth did he resist the temptation?
We didn’t get told which model phone Beyer was using (presumably to avoid diluting the message of sponsors with unaffiliated brands), but given his age and hipster status it seems reasonably safe to assume it would have had some sort of internet access. The show was at pains to suggest that this hadn’t actually been used to look up recipes. Beyer himself said:
I’ve just been really struggling because I’m missing my girlfriend.
To underscore the point, other contestants noted that it gave Beyer a “potential” advantage even though they didn’t believe that he had exploited it.
For someone who couldn’t manage without contacting his girlfriend, Beyer apparently has amazing willpower. I couldn’t imagine going 24 hours without internet access under normal circumstances. On a high-pressure TV show, I’d find the temptation to know more about the world (and perhaps check a few recipes) absolutely impossible to resist. How do you imagine you’d cope?