Junior Masterchef: Edits v Duty of Care

Channel TEN has defended edits to Junior MasterChef that excised a tearful moment by one contestant during filming in August.

The Daily Telegraph reports seeing one child counselled by staff psychologists and given an extra ten minutes to complete their dish, during their set visit. But the scenes weren’t included in Monday’s episode.

“Many hours, often days of shooting go into the production of a single Junior MasterChef episode,” said a TEN spokesperson.

“Therefore only those moments that enhance the storyline or affect the outcome of a challenge, are able to be included in the final edit.”

The newspaper reports Executive Producer Margie Bashfield is understood to have agonised over the episode, but was not available for comment.

Duty of care in the filming of scenes with children has been comprehensively addressed by Shine Australia with adults assigned to each child in the series.

Juggling edits, storylines, actual incidents and competition fairness would be no fun.

Surely there comes a point where the welfare of the child is more important than the storyline of a reality show. If it was genuinely unfair, others in the show will no doubt be screaming about this one quick smart. Maybe those stories will yet follow….

Source: Daily Telegraph


  1. Sorry – I don’t feel the need to watch the kids cry on tv. You can always tell when tears have been edited out anyway – they look all watery eyed and blotchy afterwards.

  2. These kids will have to go back into the schoolyard and we all know how cruel it can be there, so I congratulate the producers on offering them some protection. The entertainment is that these kids are so good – better than I’d ever be. With regards to the teams. I think the hardest thing is that the two boys sent home sick were two of the best contenders and were only allowed 1 point and were therefore punished for being sick and are now at the bottom……not fair. This is all filmed well ahead why couldn’t they have waited??

  3. If this was Jack then maybe it was because he was told he’d overworked his pastry and to chuck it out and start again, causing him to run out of time – and even then he didn’t finish it.

    I note the judges are very generous in their food critiques – and they definitely play down any criticism in order to protect their tiny egos.

  4. Maybe this is an indication of how far we’re taking this ‘reality’ show thing. We’re putting kids through the emotional wringer now, all for the sake of TV entertainment? How about we use this as a signpost to take a good look at ourselves? I used to think ‘The Running Man’ was a great fictional story about the future of TV – we’re actually getting closer to it now than you think.

  5. Yeah. Call me whatever, but even kids have to grow up sometime. it is no use molly coddling them forever. They know the show and the format. If you are 10 mins behind… you are probably out. – Yes edit the segment by all means, no need to show a major meltdown….. just a few tears.

  6. What wasn’t fair in the episodes was that on each day one child was sent home sick, leaving the “teams” short one person. 4 kids versus 3 kids in the boxing ring is not what I would call a “fair play” environment. One of the kids on the other team should have been asked to sit the challenge out without points penalty.

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