FORGET tuna and avocado rolls, it is all fly pupae and maggots for the first tucker trial on season three of I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
Casey Donovan, Ash Pollard, Steve Price and Nazeem Hussain were up for a not-so-tasty treat tonight when they took on the Sushi Pain challenge for Tucker Chewsday, forced to eat various Japanese-inspired fare in a bid to win food for their celebrity campmates.
Viewers voted for the quartet to compete in the challenge that saw them eat concoctions including Dreadamame, Curlifornia Roll, Tonguepura and Very Yuck Chicken Rolls.
Instead of rice and other food, the eight-round challenge included various insects and strange cuts of meat.
Two of the items on the menu were a shot of goat's blood and curl grubs and maggots with offal gelatine rolled in grated caul fat topped with blood caviar.
"I feel sick," Pollard said, asking Hussain: "What happens if it isn't halal?"
A special production food team creates all the items eaten in the challenges, as well as what is consumed in camp, with everything tested by crew on site.
Before entering the jungle, Hussain told News Corp he thinks most South African food is halal.
"I don't really know what animals are halal beyond normal animals," he said.
"Most Muslims don't consider eating meat beyond like cows, lamb, goats and chicken so we don't really consider how that affects the ecosystem and what the halal ethics of that is."
He added: "I think Channel 10 has gone to great lengths to speak to someone to see what food is halal or not. No doubt there will be people out there like, look at him infiltrating Channel 10 bringing his halal agenda to commercial networks. Damn straight I am. If you eat halal accidentally, you actually become Muslim. A lot of Australians don't know they are actually Muslim right now. And if you touch a Muslim, you become one."
Former model Tziporah Malkah didn't do the first Tucker Trial but is prepared. Having converted to Judaism several years ago, when she changed her name from Kate Fischer, she eats Kosher food.
"I'll eat Kosher as much as possible," she told News Corp.
"I accept that during the challenges there is probably going to be some non-Kosher when I am picking pips out of yak poo but that is not eating for enjoyment, that is eating to try and raise money to help people."
* The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.
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