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Who is MasterChef critic William Sitwell?

IF there is one critic on MasterChef you want to make sure you impress if is probably William Sitwell.

Known for his acid tongue and a distinct dislike of square plates (apparently they're an "abomination"), the food writer is not one to be trifled with.

Who is William Sitwell?

William is a food writer, editor, broadcaster and critic.

Until recently he was the the editor of Waitrose Food and is a frequent guest on a number of TV and radio shows including Britain’s Best Dish and Michelin Stars: The Madness of Perfection as well as MasterChef.

The critic has written for a number of newspaper publications including the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

In March 2017 it was revealed that he was getting a divorce from wife Laura McCorquodale, 48, after reportedly having an affair with Emily Lopes, 31.

What did he say about Vegans and why did he resign as Waitrose Food editor?

Sitwell left the editorship of Waitrose Food magazine after mocking vegans.

In an email to a freelance journalist, he suggested a piece should be written exposing vegans “hypocrisy” and joking they should be force-fed meat.

He immediately apologised, but stepped down with immediate effect regardless.

The recipient of the messages, Selene Nelson - a vegan herself-  had reportedly pitched Sitwell a plant-based meal series.

In comments reported by BuzzFeed News, Sitwell replied: “Hi Selene. Thanks for this. How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?

He then followed up in a separate email: “I like the idea of a column called The Honest Vegan; a millennial’s diary of earnest endeavour and bacon sandwiches ... ”

The supermarket has brought in new vegan foods and announced a  range of vegan products for its stores earlier this month, including vegan Christmas meals.

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Why does William Sitwell hate square plates?

Back in 2014, William launched a scathing attack on square plates.

Prior to this, he had threatened to throw one at a MasterChef contestant for serving up the food on one.

He said: "Square and rectangular plates are an abomination.

"Food should be served on round plates and not a right angle in sight. If you have square plates, now is the time to be bold and cast them out. Bring them with you to the festival and we will get rid of them by giving them to charity.

"A square plate is at odds with nature… and Mother Nature produces ingredients that are many shapes – including round. But never square.

"Food presented on a round plate, therefore, has more affinity with the vessel on which it is presented."

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