Never upstage the boss. And that rule applies double when your boss is Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, who has publicly rounded on members of the judiciary for appearing on BBC show MasterChef when it filmed an episode in Middle Temple.
Muscling his way back into the spotlight with a publicity-grabbing speech to Birmingham University law students – which was placed on the judiciary’s website on Friday and immediately picked up by the Guardian and the Telegraph – Neuberger claimed that senior legal figures of the past would have reacted with "horror" to the MasterChef affair.
When BBC series MasterChef set its contestants the task of cooking a qualifying session dinner at Middle Temple, it knew it would be a stern test.
With 230 barristers to feed – including two Supreme Court judges, three Lord Justices of Appeal, four High Court judges and 26 QCs – the culinary hopefuls slaved away for over eight hours to prepare their three course fine-dining experience.
Asked in last night's episode of the show how they enjoyed the food – which was delivered by the exhausted wannabes despite a couple of significant behind-the-scenes mishaps – most barristers issued generous praise.