MasterChef was home to a Teesside delicacy tonight – a good ol’ chicken parmo. But what really left viewers in hysterics was the fact the way the BBC programme and its judges described the dish, with one even referring to it possibly becoming the "next big thing".
This evening, emergency call operator Anthony O’Shaughnessy, 26, strayed away from the Syrian street food he cooked in the first round to serve up a chicken parmo.
And he certainly didn’t posh it up, with Anthony dumping it on a plate with beetroot smeared on the plate.
Despite the terrible looking state of the dish, the former finalists judging it loved the taste.
In fact, 2007 champion Steven Wallis suggested that it could be the "next big thing", before quipping: "Hashtag chicken parmo".
John Torode also chipped in while tasting the dish with Greg Wallace by saying that it was a "chicken burger without a bun".
Of course, this resulted in Northern viewers flocking to joke about the remarks on Twitter, prompting the dish to start trending.
One tweeted: " #MasterChef – #chickenparmo is just a chicken burger without the bun ???????? Give your head a shake @JohnTorode1 lol ( As some of you know i am originally from #Teesside so have a bit of experience with the good old parmo )."
While another commented: "#chickenparmo the next big thing? Come off it you shandy drinking southerner- theyve been massive up here for years."
A third wrote: "Next big thing? It already is! #MasterChef #ChickenParmo."
Meanwhile others took issue with the fact that a Geordie was "stealing" Teesside’s regional dish.
One tweeted: "A Geordie making a Teesside parmo on Masterchef… stealing our regional dish! #MasterChef #chickenparmo."
Another commented with a photo: "the scene on teesside as everyone watching master chef erupts with fury at a geordie totally screwing up a #chickenparmo."
*MasterChef returns on Monday at 9pm on BBC One
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