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Hard to swallow! Channel Seven's new cooking series Plate of Origin is already facing doubts due to its very unsavoury 'POO' acronym

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/12/2019 Demeter Stamell For Daily Mail Australia
Gary Mehigan, Manu Feildel, Matt Preston are posing for a picture: Issues: Plate of Origin hasn't even aired yet, and already, the upcoming Channel Seven cooking show has run into problems. Pictured (L-R) stars Gary Mehigan, Manu Fieldel and Matt Preston © Provided by Daily Mail Issues: Plate of Origin hasn't even aired yet, and already, the upcoming Channel Seven cooking show has run into problems. Pictured (L-R) stars Gary Mehigan, Manu Fieldel and Matt Preston

Channel Seven's Plate of Origin hasn't even aired yet, and already, the upcoming cooking show has run into problems.

According to a report by The Australian on Monday, the highly-anticipated series features a rather unfortunate acronym: POO.

This realisation has reportedly given Seven executives a headache, as they scramble to resolve the issue before its air-date in 2020.

Apparently staff at the network have been ordered not to refer to the series by its acronym, but the unsavoury nickname has already stuck.

Instead, Seven staffers are apparently being told to shorten the series' name to 'Plate' or 'PlateOO'.

However, it appears amused staffers at the network are still enjoying the funny 'POO' moniker, too much to let it go.

Matt Preston sitting in front of a crab on a table: Distasteful: According to a report by The Australian on Monday, the series features a rather unfortunate 'POO' acronym © Provided by Daily Mail Distasteful: According to a report by The Australian on Monday, the series features a rather unfortunate 'POO' acronym Manu Feildel et al. standing in front of a box: Oops: The realisation of the show's unfortunate acronym has reportedly given Channel Seven executives a headache, as they scramble to resolve the issue before 2020 © Provided by Daily Mail Oops: The realisation of the show's unfortunate acronym has reportedly given Channel Seven executives a headache, as they scramble to resolve the issue before 2020

The situation has created such a publicity headache, that a separate report by The Australian in early November claimed the network was considering scrapping the series altogether.

Seven's chief revenue officer Kurt Burnette told the newspaper he was aware of the POO acronym, and had passed on the message to the network's executives.

The series was first announced back in October, with former MasterChef judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston working alongside My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Fieldel.   

Gary Mehigan sitting at a table eating pizza: Sticky situation: Apparently staff at the network have been ordered not to refer to the series by its acronym, but the unsavoury nickname has already stuck © Provided by Daily Mail Sticky situation: Apparently staff at the network have been ordered not to refer to the series by its acronym, but the unsavoury nickname has already stuck

'Food superstars Matt Preston (@mattscravat) and @GaryMehigan join Manu Feildel for Plate of Origin, where we're not just reaching every corner of Australia… We're going BIGGER!' they wrote on Instagram at the time, teasing the upcoming series. 

'Which cuisine will reign supreme in this worldwide food fight? Let the flames begin,' the post continued.

The series is set to start after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will take place from July 24 until August 9.    

Matt Preston eating a hot dog: Name-changer: Seven staffers are apparently being told to instead shorten the series' name to 'Plate' or 'PlateOO' © Provided by Daily Mail Name-changer: Seven staffers are apparently being told to instead shorten the series' name to 'Plate' or 'PlateOO'

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