“Masterchef: The Professionals” contestant Philli Armitage-Mattin is facing backlash for referring to Asian cuisines as “dirty” and issuing an apology that critics say does not acknowledge the historical stigmatization of such foods.

The controversy started with Armitage-Mattin’s Instagram bio, which has since been changed. A screenshot of it includes the hashtag #prettydirtyfood and the tagline “Dirty food refined.”

Clarence Kwan, creator of “Chinese Protest Recipes,” a cooking zine about antiracism and Chinese food, posted a screenshot of the bio to his Instagram Stories, where he expressed his dismay.

Kwan highlighted Armitage-Mattin’s original Instagram bio in a
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