It is. There are many great examples in the cooking world.
“Monsterchef” as you refer to it, would never be up to the challenge of a $2 meal or anything prepared from contents resembling what might be in our pantries.
They have occasionally featured cooking using left overs! That’s chef talk for scraps from last night. Sort of the other half of all the carrot they cut off to leave a square for a perfect julienne. Or perhaps the remainder of the beast once they had cut out the eye fillets, a back strap or H-bone cut for roasting? It lost me several series back as even a casual viewer.
Admittedly what is on the plate in these orchestrated entertainment unreality programs usually still looks like meat and does not masquerade as something else. However equally it looks absolutely nothing like a meal you would eat at home. In that sense it is also easy to label it as blatant food fakery?
If the goal is to present food in an appealing way, it would appear there are no limits to what is right or wrong. That includes magic towers of cream, chocolate and crafted sugar presented as desserts, and worthy of The Louvre.
I’m happy to have my lentils or soy burger any way the cook chooses. I’d be wary also of telling the cook what to call it, or risk becoming part of a culinary work of art.
Chef’s call they might say in footy parlance?