Greek people are very serious about their food. Very serious. They don’t like recipes passed down from their ancestors being messed around with!
However, one very brave MasterChef contestant has done just that.
MasterChef contestant Conor Curran had Greek-Australian viewers scratching their heads on Tuesday night when he brought his self-described ‘confusion’ style of cooking to traditional Greek cuisine.
He seemed to go off-script by pairing Avgolemono (traditional Greek egg-lemon soup) with fish instead of chicken, prompting furious debate between fans on Twitter.
One shocked user tweeted, ‘”Avgolemono with fish. What are you doing Connor [sic]?”
Someone else wrote, ‘doesn’t sound the best tbh….. I will be very surprised if he got an apron.”
Yet another tweeted that Greek grandmothers (Yiayia’s) would likely call him a ‘Malaka.’
The ‘avgolemono Twitter brawl’ also had some support for Connors dish with some tweeting:
‘I cooked an avgolemono fish soup when I had a Conner [sic] moment many years ago, and it was surprisingly very nice.’
And another tweet said:
‘I ate avgolemono about 100 times growing up and had no idea it was meant to have chicken’.
Conor has previously admitted ‘that when he cooks he doesn’t ‘really know what’s going up on the plate half the time.’
Way to wing it! The result of Mr Curran’s dish was King George whiting with avgolemono and basil oil. Would you eat that?
When he had to explain his very bizarre choice of ingredients for his dish, this is what Conor said:
‘I’m sure there’s, like, Greek grandmothers screaming at me right now.’
‘But it’s all I have. There’s no poultry.’
Conor admitted in a trailer for the popular Australian Cooking Show that, ‘My cooking is very Greek, with heaps of South-East Asian ingredients which some people like to call fusion.’
‘I like to call it confusion, because I, myself don’t really know what’s going up on the plate half the time.’
Surprisingly, even ‘knowing what’s going up on your plate” can land you an apron! Connor was lost for words when he accepted the final apron of the night.
Michelle Leong described it as a dish that was rooted in history… ‘But presented with utter modernity.’
This ‘modern take’ on a traditional Greek dish was a big hit with the judges.
Not sure our Greek grandparents would agree with their decision though!