MasterChef Viewers Furious Over How Michelin Chef Pronounces 'Chorizo'

27 April 2017, 13:53 | Updated: 14 July 2017, 11:11

MasterChef Viewers Furious Over How Michelin Chef

By Hollie Borland

MasterChef fans were left bewildered over how Michelin starred chef Shaun Rankin pronounced 'chorizo'.

Never has a Spanish sausage caused such controversy as it did on Wednesday night's episode of Masterchef. 

Fans were left confused and befuddled after 'chorizo' was pronounced more than one way by different people on the show, causing viewers to fight amongst themselves over what is the correct way to pronounce the name of the spicy sausage. 

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Michelin star chef, Shaun Rankin. Picture | BBC

It all kicked off after British Michelin star chef Shaun Rankin pronounced it as "sho-reez-oh" only for the narrator to say it like "cho-reeth-oh", thus sparking the great chorizo debate. 

Chorizo is a fermented, cured, smoked sausage which can be eaten without cooking or can be added to a recipe during the cooking process. 

On the show, the sausage was used in a dish including iberico pork with grilled calamari and chorizo jam. 

Rankin was helping help the contestants with their dishes, and the blunder came up as he spoke to marketing consultant Alison about her dish of Iberico pork with grilled calamari, chorizo jam and a chorizo and tomato puree. 

Chorizo. Picture | iStock

So, how do you actually pronounce 'chorizo'?

Chorizo is a Spanish word and in much of Spain, the 'C' and 'Z' sounds are often pronounced as a 'th' sound, so the word 'chorizo' becomes 'cho-ri-tho' with a stress on the middle syllable.  

However, in Latin American, and some parts of Spain, they use the ‘seseo’ pronunciation, meaning the 'C' and 'Z' is softened to an ‘s’ sound, and the word ‘chorizo’ is generally pronounced ‘cho-RI-so’, with the ‘s’ sound.

But we'll tell you what should never be done is including a T into the word.

Chorizo is never pronounced ‘cho-rit-so’.

So don't do it, yeah?