The most popular ingredient in the MasterChef kitchen is revealed

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Order up! The most popular ingredient in the MasterChef kitchen is revealed and the VERY surprising food that has created a surge in viewer interest

MasterChef Australia is known for encouraging and providing fresh ideas to aspiring cooks watching from home. 

And one particular mystery box challenge by new judge Melissa Leong last week immediately sparked curiosity with viewers.

Since Wednesday’s episode with chicken feet aired, food delivery app Deliveroo Australia reported a 5,272 percent increase in searches for the Asian delicacy.

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Order up! The most popular ingredient in the MasterChef kitchen is revealed and the VERY surprising food that has created a surge in viewer interest. Pictured: 2020 judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen

Those keen to try the culinary delight can do so – the app has over 140 dishes that match the search for ‘chicken feet’.

Contestants were given the item as an ingredient, with many using it to make savoury dishes. However, one star raised eyebrows for making a dessert.

Chef Ben Ungermann controversially made chicken feet ice cream, setting off a storm on social media.

Taste sensation: Those keen to try the culinary delight can do so - the food delivery app Deliveroo has more than 140 dishes that match the search for 'chicken feet'

Taste sensation: Those keen to try the culinary delight can do so – the food delivery app Deliveroo has more than 140 dishes that match the search for ‘chicken feet’ 

'Craving chicken feet': Many viewers were excited to see the delicacy cooked on screens

‘Craving chicken feet’: Many viewers were excited to see the delicacy cooked on screens

Looks good! Chef Ben Ungermann controversially divided audiences when he made chicken feet ice cream, serving the dish beautifully by spreading the chicken fat caramel and adding ice cream, biscuit and cherries on top

 Looks good! Chef Ben Ungermann controversially divided audiences when he made chicken feet ice cream, serving the dish beautifully by spreading the chicken fat caramel and adding ice cream, biscuit and cherries on top

While chicken feet aren’t likely to return to the MasterChef Australia kitchen as a go-to element for its chefs, there are other ingredients that are in hot demand.

According to Woman’s Day on Monday, the most popular pantry item in this year’s MasterChef Australia kitchen has been garlic.

The vegetable has quickly become the most-ordered item on the revamped franchise among its all-star cast. 

No waste! MasterChef Australia has a special arrangement where it donates its food waste to food rescue organisation, SecondBite

No waste! MasterChef Australia has a special arrangement where it donates its food waste to food rescue organisation, SecondBite

It’s also well documented that the show has an arrangement for all food and ingredients that don’t get used by contestants from the large pantry. 

MasterChef Australia donates its food waste to local Melbourne food rescue organisation, SecondBite.

The CEO of SecondBite Jim Mullan told 10Daily in 2019: ‘The MasterChef pantry is replenished on an almost daily basis while the program is shooting and we collect daily from the MasterChef studios – everything that we can possibly salvage, we collect and divert it to people in need.’ 

MasterChef Australia continues on Monday from 7:30pm on Channel 10 

Shelved: Half of the show had already been filmed for MasterChef Australia when stricter coronavirus restrictions were brought into affect for the production. International judges Nigella Lawson and Heston Blumenthal had to cancel their scheduled appearances, while outdoor challenges with crowds have been shelved

Shelved: Half of the show had already been filmed for MasterChef Australia when stricter coronavirus restrictions were brought into affect for the production. International judges Nigella Lawson and Heston Blumenthal had to cancel their scheduled appearances, while outdoor challenges with crowds have been shelved 

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