It certainly was a day when the adage too many cooks spoil the broth came true. Mismanagement and chaos marked the auditions for a reality television cookery show, Master Chef India, at the Sector-44 Sood Bhawan on Thursday, after more than a 1,000 participants turned up against the organisers’ expectations of 150 entries.
As a result of the overenthusiastic response, several participants from adjoining states had to return to their native places without participating in the auditions. Most of them alleged that they were not allowed to present their case and were not even allowed to enter the venue.
Genesis of the trouble
With some of the participants making a beeline for the venue since the wee hours, by noon there was a huge crowd outside the gates. The people, who were getting restless, were angered when some participants, reportedly carrying ‘Jump the queue’ passes, were made to enter the premises.
Some members of the agitated crowd then started raising slogans and tried to break open the gate and gatecrash into the venue.
However, bouncers stopped any gatecrash.
An assistant professor from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Rohtak, Dr Gopal Gupta, one of the aspiring aspirants, said, “I prepared a dish for the auditions and reached here in the wee hours. I have not been allowed inside the auditorium, even though it is now late evening. I will now have to keep the dish in the freezer. I am not sure I can make another one.”
A winner at another cookery reality show, Arundeet Singh, who had come all the way from Amritsar, said, “The organisers had invited applications from across the region and the arrangements should have been made keeping this in mind. After keeping us waiting for the entire day, we have now been asked to report at another venue on Friday.”
Surinder Diwan, a native of Panipat in Haryana, another participant, said, “We waited for more than 12 hours outside the gate, but people who turned up after us were allowed to enter the venue.”
Police was called in and Sector-34 SHO inspector Maninder Singh said organisers had not anticipated the large crowd.
“The organisers told the police that during previous auditions, 130 people had turned up and they had prepared accordingly.”
Later in day, the organisers informed that the second day’s audition would be held at Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Hall, Sector 30-A, Chandigarh.