But it wasn’t all that serious on Twitter.
As soon as the Twitterati realised the cooks were being asked to prepare a piece of brill for food critic Charles Campion they just wanted to hear one joke.
I really want someone to say, “that tastes brill”! #masterchef
— Laura (@loggy01) April 1, 2016
They all look brill to me #masterchef *gets coat*
— Rachel Mann (@RevRachelMann) April 1, 2016
The wannabe chefs – Stuart, Julie, Chris, Caron, Tom and Pedro – presented their plates of food for Charles and MasterChef judges.
MasterChef quater-finalists (Shine TV/BBC)
Pedro presented his piece of brill with clams, chorizo, a chive mash and a vermouth and lemon sauce.
And there was only one way for Charles to respond…
“It’s brill! Nice piece of fish.”
And Twitter got just what it wanted.
— Who’s asking? (@HaroldShand1979) April 1, 2016
Charles actually did the brill thing #masterchefuk
— dave lock (@thedavelock) April 1, 2016
“It’s brill!” #Masterchef
— CaerTaf (@CliqueCaerdydd) April 1, 2016
Although there was a *slight* conspiracy about why brill was on the menu at all.
— Jonathan Simms (@JonathanSSimms) April 1, 2016
They’ve only made them cook with brill for the puns #masterchef
— Jen Peacock (@Jen_Pea) April 1, 2016
“It’s brill!” He literally only chose brill as the food so he could make that pun, didn’t he. #masterchef
— Jen Steadman (@jenmandates) April 1, 2016
A tense tasting, but Charles thinks it’s brill! Get it? #MasterChefUK
— MasterChef UK (@MasterChefUK) April 1, 2016
Unsurprisingly, Pedro made it through to the knock-out stages, along with Stuart and Chris.
Julie, Caron and Tom were sent home.
MasterChef continues on BBC1, Wednesday, April 6, 8.00pm.