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MasterChef experiences a coronavirus scare after one of this year's contestants visits a COVID hotspot

By Demeter Stamell For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 14:20 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 14:21 BST, 3 May 2021

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While it's been business as usual on this year's season of MasterChef, the hit cooking show suffered a coronavirus scare during Monday's episode.

Shortly after the show's remaining contestants entered the MasterChef kitchen, judge Melissa Leong stepped forward to deliver 'some tough news'.

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Melissa, 39, revealed that contestant Brent Draper was forced to forfeit the show's upcoming pressure test after he was 'exposed to a COVID hot spot'.

News: MasterChef experienced a coronavirus scare on Monday after one of this year's contestants visited a COVID hot spot. Pictured: Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo

News: MasterChef experienced a coronavirus scare on Monday after one of this year's contestants visited a COVID hot spot. Pictured: Judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo

'As a result, he has to quarantine until he returns for Sunday's elimination. That means he will avoid tomorrow's pressure test,' she said of the 31-year-old hopeful.

'We've all agreed that to make it fair for everyone, Brent must compete in next week's pressure test, no matter what. And if he survives that, he will continue on in the competition as usual.'

Continuing to address the show's stunned contestants, she added solemnly: 'What strange times we live in.' 

Listen up: Melissa, 39, revealed that contestant Brent Draper was forced to forfeit the show's upcoming pressure test after he was 'exposed to a COVID hot spot'

Listen up: Melissa, 39, revealed that contestant Brent

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