THE government has introduced compulsory Masterchef participation for benefits claimants.
Following Tory concern about culinary standards among the poor, anyone failing to reach the semi-finals of the television cookery show will have their dole stopped.
Duncan Smith said: “Claimants should not be wasting money on ready meals when they could easily rustle up some seared duck foie gras with a drizzle of white truffle oil.
“If they cannot impress calorie hoover Greg Wallace enough to make it through to doing the lunch service at a fancy restaurant then clearly they are not trying.
“I mean, all you have to do is put something in a steam bath and serve it with pea puree. Nick Clegg could manage that.”
Unemployed graduate Donna Sheridan said: “Iain Duncan Smith hasn’t got a clue what it’s like to apply for 15 jobs a day while making line-caught sea bass with chanterelles and lapsang souchong jus.
“On the plus side, it is an opportunity to drop something hot in Jay Rayner’s lap.”