MasterChef judge Melissa Leong says the secret to the revamped show’s success is diversity  


‘Everybody deserves to be seen and heard’: MasterChef judge Melissa Leong says the secret to the revamped show’s success is diversity

MasterChef Australia: Back To Win judge Melissa Leong has revealed that the secret to the revamped season’s smash success is simple – diversity. 

The 38-year-old told The Herald Sun on Sunday that many viewers finally have a reflection of themselves on TV. 

The cook said: ‘Everybody deserves to be seen and to be heard. Regardless of whether that is your culture, your language, who you love, your ability, or the way you chose to live your life, everybody deserves to be seen and be heard. 

Be seen: MasterChef Australia: Back To Win judge Melissa Leong (pictured) has revealed that the secret to the revamped season’s smash success is simple – diversity. The 38-year-old told The Herald Sun on Sunday that many viewers finally have a reflection of themselves on TV

She added that ‘it makes me very happy that people who look like me’ can see themselves on TV.  

‘I also hope that it gives those who have not been yet seen or heard adequately a reminder that their time is on its way,’ Melissa said. 

‘That very human need to feel seen is the thing that we share regardless of where we come from, regardless of our life experience and everybody deserves to feel validated in that regard.’    

The cook said: 'Everybody deserves to be seen and to be heard. Regardless of whether that is your culture, your language, who you love, your ability, or the way you chose to live your life, everybody deserves to be seen and be heard'

The cook said: ‘Everybody deserves to be seen and to be heard. Regardless of whether that is your culture, your language, who you love, your ability, or the way you chose to live your life, everybody deserves to be seen and be heard’

She added: 'That very human need to feel seen is the thing that we share regardless of where we come from, regardless of our life experience and everybody deserves to feel validated in that regard'

She added: ‘That very human need to feel seen is the thing that we share regardless of where we come from, regardless of our life experience and everybody deserves to feel validated in that regard’ 

Asian Australians have made up one-third of the contestants this season.

Contestants Brendan Pang, Khanh Ong, Reynold Poernomo and Poh Ling Yeow are all of Asian descent, as are Sarah Tiong, Jess Liemantara and Amina Elshafei, who is of Korean and Egyptian descent. 

Ousted contestant Ben Ungermann, who was dropped from the series, is of Indonesian and Dutch descent.

Diverse: Asian Australians have made up one-third of the contestants this season. Pictured left to right: Jess Liemantara, Khanh Ong, Poh, Brendan Pang and Reynold Poernomo

Diverse: Asian Australians have made up one-third of the contestants this season. Pictured left to right: Jess Liemantara, Khanh Ong, Poh, Brendan Pang and Reynold Poernomo

MasterChef: Back to Win, which has been praised for being the most diverse in the show’s history, has also included a number of openly gay constants including Brendan Pang, Reece Hignell, Courtney Roulston and Khanh Ong.    

Melissa recently  hinted she would be returning for the thirteenth season of MasterChef, after this year’s season was a surprise ratings smash. 

‘I’m very open-minded to the possibility of doing MasterChef season 13,’ she told Who magazine, but didn’t confirm her spot on the next season. 

Incoming: Melissa has hinted she would be returning for the thirteenth season of MasterChef, after this year's season was a surprise ratings smash. Pictured with her fellow judges

Incoming: Melissa has hinted she would be returning for the thirteenth season of MasterChef, after this year’s season was a surprise ratings smash. Pictured with her fellow judges

MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo insists that ‘favouritism is just not a thing’ on the show


‘It’s noise over nothing’: MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo insists that ‘favouritism is just not a thing’ despite anger from fans over his controversial decisions on the show

MasterChef Australia: Back To Win judge Jock Zonfrillo has denied claims that he shows  favouritism to certain contestants in the competition. 

In a column for this week’s Stellar Magazine, the 43-year-old declared: ‘Favouritism is just not a thing. It’s not something we would accept from one another as judges.’

‘At the end of the day, if it tastes rubbish, it tastes rubbish,’ he insisted.  

Speaking out: MasterChef Australia: Back To Win judge Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) has denied claims that he shows favouritism to certain contestants in the competition

Fans have accused Jock of a ‘conflict of interest’ and the show of being ‘rigged’ regarding contestant Laura Sharrad, because she once worked under him. 

Following her first appearance on MasterChef back in 2014, Laura went on to work as a pastry chef at Jock’s award-winning restaurant, Oran.

The issue arouse when the 24-year-old season six runner-up created a pasta dish during a cooking challenge on a recent episode, and won plenty of praise from Jock, leading to fan claims of favouritism. 

In a column for this week's Stellar Magazine , the 43-year-old declared: 'Favouritism is just not a thing. It's not something we would accept from one another as judges'

In a column for this week’s Stellar Magazine , the 43-year-old declared: ‘Favouritism is just not a thing. It’s not something we would accept from one another as judges’

The Scottish-born chef added: 'Twitter is its own bubble where there are 25 people who comment on things before they've even seen what happens'

 The Scottish-born chef added: ‘Twitter is its own bubble where there are 25 people who comment on things before they’ve even seen what happens’

Jock addressed the episode, saying: ‘In regards to ‘Pasta-gate’ if people count the number of times Laura makes pasta to the amount she hasn’t, I’m sure they’d find it’s almost equal – or there are more times she hasn’t made pasta.’

‘It’s a lot of noise over nothing’ he added.  

He was also accused of showing favouritism towards Poh Ling Yeow after he chose her as the winner of a mystery box challenge last month.   

Poh had managed to beat co-stars Laura Sharrad, Simon Toohey and Sarah Tiong – who arguably created more complex dishes – with her simple lemon sponge cake with lemon curd and torched Italian meringue.

Accusations: Fans have accused Jock of a 'conflict of interest' and the show of being 'rigged' regarding contestant Laura Sharrad (pictured), because she once worked under him

Accusations: Fans have accused Jock of a ‘conflict of interest’ and the show of being ‘rigged’ regarding contestant Laura Sharrad (pictured), because she once worked under him 

Jock addressed the episode, saying: 'In regards to 'Pasta-gate' if people count the number of times Laura makes pasta to the amount she hasn't, I'm sure they'd find it's almost equal – or there are more times she hasn't made pasta'

Jock addressed the episode, saying: ‘In regards to ‘Pasta-gate’ if people count the number of times Laura makes pasta to the amount she hasn’t, I’m sure they’d find it’s almost equal – or there are more times she hasn’t made pasta’

Talk: He was also accused of showing favouritism towards Poh Ling Yeow after he chose her as the winner of a mystery box challenge last month. 'It's a lot of noise over nothing' he said

Talk: He was also accused of showing favouritism towards Poh Ling Yeow after he chose her as the winner of a mystery box challenge last month. ‘It’s a lot of noise over nothing’ he said 

All of the judges agreed that the cake was a winning dish, but viewers singled out Jock for what they considered his ‘blatant’ bias in favour of Poh.  

Many fans vented their frustration on Facebook, declaring it a ‘conspiracy’ and a ‘set-up’. 

The Scottish-born chef and philanthropist concluded of the fan comments: ‘Having the support of your co-workers is even more important when there’s negative criticism thrown at you. 

‘Twitter is its own bubble where there are 25 people who comment on things before they’ve even seen what happens.’

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar magazine

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar magazine 

MasterChef fans beg Channel 10 for a seniors version with’handed down’ family recipes


MasterChef fans beg Channel 10 for a seniors version of hit show where contestants share family recipes ‘handed down over the years’

Junior MasterChef Australia was a rating smash when it premiered in 2010.

And now, MasterChef fans are begging Channel 10 for a seniors version of the hit cooking show.

Posting in a popular MasterChef Facebook group, one viewer came up with the brilliant idea which had others overwhelmingly rushing to agree with him.

What a brilliant idea! MasterChef fans took to Facebook to beg Channel 10 for a seniors version of hit show, where contestants share family recipes 'handed down over the years' (Pictured left to right are MasterChef judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo)

What a brilliant idea! MasterChef fans took to Facebook to beg Channel 10 for a seniors version of hit show, where contestants share family recipes ‘handed down over the years’ (Pictured left to right are MasterChef judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo) 

‘So, I’ve been thinking, we have MC Aus and Junior MC Aus. How about introducing a new, awesome MC SENIORS Aus?’ he said.

‘Something like a slower but more classic recipes version? No ridiculous running etc. and pressure test but just showcasing amazing, tried, trusted and true recipes, and sharing our family’s recipes handed down over the years?’ he further suggested.

Many fans agreed, admitting that was a show that’d tune in to see.

Support! Many fans agreed, admitting that was a show that'd tune in to see every week

Support! Many fans agreed, admitting that was a show that’d tune in to see every week 

‘What a great idea,’ commented one, adding an emoji of two hands clapping.

Another said: ‘Absolutely brilliant idea. I’d love to learn to cook the basic classics.’

‘Would adore that idea. 50 plus comp,’ agreed one.

We'll pass! Others worried about the quality of the food and thought there was already enough cooking shows on TV

We’ll pass! Others worried about the quality of the food and thought there was already enough cooking shows on TV 

However, not everyone was on board, with some questioning how good the dishes would really be.

‘Oh dear, no! Porridge sandwiches,’ one joked.

While another pointed out she thought there was enough cooking shows already.

Gordon thought of it first! However this isn't the first time someone has come up with the idea for a seniors version of the program, with US MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay filming a parody version for the Late, Late Show with James Corden in 2018 (Gordon and James pictured)

Gordon thought of it first! However this isn’t the first time someone has come up with the idea for a seniors version of the program, with US MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay filming a parody version for the Late, Late Show with James Corden in 2018 (Gordon and James pictured) 

‘So you want TV to be filled with cooking shows, blah,’ she said.

This isn’t the first time the idea has been flouted with US MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay filming a parody version for the Late, Late Show with James Corden in 2018.

In the humorous clip, Gordon is seen using his trademark bluntness to hurry the contestants along as they fall asleep in the kitchen.

A taste of what is to come? In the humorous clip, Gordon is seen using his trademark bluntness to hurry the contestants along and is served delicacies such as a bowl of candy with a pair of dentures and chicken with a side of dozens of pills

A taste of what is to come? In the humorous clip, Gordon is seen using his trademark bluntness to hurry the contestants along and is served delicacies such as a bowl of candy with a pair of dentures and chicken with a side of dozens of pills

In the end, Gordon and fellow judge James are served delicacies such as a bowl of candy with a pair of dentures and chicken with a side of dozens of pills.

Meanwhile, Junior MasterChef Australia was expected to return to screens later this year after Endemol Shine Australia put out a casting call in April.

It would be the first time the program has aired in Australia since the season two finale in 2011.

Casting call: Meanwhile, Junior MasterChef Australia was expected to air later this year after  Endemol Shine Australia put out a casting call in April. It would be the first time that the series has aired since the season two finale in 2011

Casting call: Meanwhile, Junior MasterChef Australia was expected to air later this year after  Endemol Shine Australia put out a casting call in April. It would be the first time that the series has aired since the season two finale in 2011

The production company advised they were looking for children aged between nine and 14 to appear on the children’s version of the hit reality series.

The upcoming series was slated to be filmed in its Melbourne studios and required contestants to be available for six consecutive weeks around July/August 2020.

This now looks to be in jeopardy as parts of Melbourne have locked down as the city battles a major surge in coronavirus cases.

In doubt! The casting call revealed the series was slated to be filmed in its Melbourne studios and required contestants to be available for six consecutive weeks around July/August 2020. This now looks to be in doubt, after Melbourne battles a sudden surge in coronavirus cases

In doubt! The casting call revealed the series was slated to be filmed in its Melbourne studios and required contestants to be available for six consecutive weeks around July/August 2020. This now looks to be in doubt, after Melbourne battles a sudden surge in coronavirus cases

MasterChef Australia: Reynold Poernomo expands KOI Dessert Bar


Business is booming! MasterChef’s Reynold Poernomo is ‘so excited’ to open the second level of KOI Dessert Bar in Sydney… after being engulfed in a homophobic scandal

He’s the MasterChef fan favourite tipped to be the one to beat on Channel Ten’s ratings juggernaut.

And it’s clear business is booming for Reynold Poernomo, despite the talented chef being engulfed in a homophobic scandal on a bodybuilding forum. 

On Wednesday, the 26-year old revealed he was gearing up to open the second floor of his popular KOI Dessert Bar in Sydney on Thursday. 

‘So excited to finally open upstairs tomorrow’: Masterchef contestant Reynold Poernomo gears up to open second level of KOI dessert bar

‘So excited to finally open upstairs tomorrow,’ Reynold said on Instagram Stories, panning the camera around the empty room. 

The second floor featured lush velvet green sofas and plenty of seating to keep up with the dessert bar’s ever-growing popularity. 

It comes after Reynold told Daily Mail Australia he was doing ‘very good’ despite his recent scandals and COVID-19 setbacks. 

‘Business has been busy, I’m happy,’  Reynold said last month, shrugging off questions about the backlash against his homophobic comments from 2014. 

Business is booming: 'So excited to finally open upstairs tomorrow,' Reynold said on Instagram Stories, panning the camera around the empty room

Business is booming: ‘So excited to finally open upstairs tomorrow,’ Reynold said on Instagram Stories, panning the camera around the empty room

Six years ago, Reynold, using the profile name ‘reyreyy’, posted a shocking comment in a thread titled, ‘First gay couple featured on the Disney Channel. Do you agree with them?’

The then 20-year-old wrote: ‘I wish the world made a united decision where they will capture all gay people and put them on a remote island full of gays, that way straight [people] will be happy and the freaks can go on and f**k themselves.’

That comment was followed by another on a thread titled: ‘Is homosexuality a mental illness?’

‘Yes end of thread,’ Reynold responded. 

'Business has been busy': It comes after Reynold told Daily Mail Australia he was doing 'very good' despite recent scandals and COVID-19 setbacks

‘Business has been busy’: It comes after Reynold told Daily Mail Australia he was doing ‘very good’ despite recent scandals and COVID-19 setbacks

Reynold later apologised for the hateful comments, telling Daily Mail Australia on May 29 that he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of the person he used to be.

‘I would like to offer my sincere and deepest apologies for the comments that I made in 2014. I am ashamed of these comments and I regret them immensely,’ he said.

‘At the time these comments were made, I was a very immature, close-minded and insular 20-year-old. I have grown and matured a lot in the last six years. I am not the person I was back then.’ 

Different man today: He later apologised for the hateful comments, telling Daily Mail Australia on May 29 that he was 'deeply ashamed' of the person he used to be

Different man today: He later apologised for the hateful comments, telling Daily Mail Australia on May 29 that he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of the person he used to be

MasterChef star Khanh Ong is announced as face of Quay Australia’s new Pride collection


The future looks bright! MasterChef evictee Khanh Ong is announced as the face of sunglass brand Quay Australia’s new Pride collection

He’s one of the most popular contestants from the current all-stars season of MasterChef Australia.

And just two weeks after he was eliminated, the 27-year-old has been announced as the new face of Quay Australia’s Pride sunglass collection.

Sharing the news to his Instagram account on Wednesday, Khanh, said: ‘I’m so proud to be working with Quay on their new range.’ 

The future looks bright! On Wednesday, MasterChef evictee Khanh Ong (pictured) was announced as the face of sunglass brand Quay Australia’s new Pride collection

‘These sunnies are so cute and 30% from the profits of each goes to my favourite @minus18youth right here in Australia so make sure you grab a pair,’ he wrote. 

In a promotional image for the brand, Khanh is seen smiling ear-to-ear as he poses up a storm in a variety of frames.

Speaking on his Instagram stories, the Back to Win fan favourite said he loves that the LGBTQIA+ community is so inclusive of everyone, and that’s what makes him so proud and happy to give back.  

Exciting! Sharing the news to his Instagram account, Khan, said: 'I'm so proud to be working with Quay on their new range'

Exciting! Sharing the news to his Instagram account, Khan, said: ‘I’m so proud to be working with Quay on their new range’

Thirty per cent of the profits from the collection will be donated to Minus 18 Youth and The Trevor Project.

Since appearing on the Channel 10 cooking competition, Khan has been working hard on his You Are Loved World charity clothing line. 

Earlier this month, Khan admitted he wouldn’t rule out appearing on the gay version of The Bachelor.

Juicy: When asked by Now to Love if he would appear on The Bachelor, the 27-year-old said: You know what, I would do that show.'

Juicy: When asked by Now to Love if he would appear on The Bachelor, the 27-year-old said: You know what, I would do that show.’

When asked by Now to Love if he would be up for it, Khan said: ’24 gay men in a house vying for the attention of one gay man – why?’ 

‘You know what, I would do that show. I won’t be the Bachelor though,’ he continued.

‘I want to be in the house with the other 23 gay men!’ he said. 

MasterChef continues Sunday at 7.30pm on Channel Ten 

Revealing: 'I won't be the Bachelor though, I want to be in the house with the other 23 gay men!' he said

Revealing: ‘I won’t be the Bachelor though, I want to be in the house with the other 23 gay men!’ he said



MasterChef Australia: Meet the spouses of the final six


MasterChef Australia: Back To Win is done to its final six.

And while fans are already showing support towards their favourites, the chefs are no doubt getting a boost from their biggest cheerleaders – their loved ones.   

From married spouses, long-term lovers and ‘secret’ boyfriends: here are the top six contender’s partners. 

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Their biggest cheerleaders! Meet the spouses of MasterChef Australia’s final six as they get one step closer to ultimate redemption and $250,000. Pictured L to R: Reynold Poernomo, Emelia Jackson, Reece Hignell, Poh Ling Yeow, Callum Hann and Laura Sharrad

On Sunday, it was revealed Laura Sharrad, Callum Hann, Reece Hignell, Emelia Jackson, Reynold Poernomo and Poh Ling Yeow had all made it to the final six.

Happily married: Poh Ling Yeow (right), who was the first runner-up of the franchise in 2009, is married to aspiring actor Jono Bennett (left)

Happily married: Poh Ling Yeow (right), who was the first runner-up of the franchise in 2009, is married to aspiring actor Jono Bennett (left)

Poh Ling Yeow

Poh, who was the first runner-up of the franchise in 2009, is married to aspiring actor Jono Bennett.  

The 47-year-old met Jono while she was a contestant on the cooking series and he was working behind the scenes as a runner.

They started dating after the show’s finale, and married five years later in 2014.

They share a love of food: Laura, who was crowned runner-up in the 2014 season, is married to chef husband, Max Sharrad

They share a love of food: Laura, who was crowned runner-up in the 2014 season, is married to chef husband, Max Sharrad

What are the odds? The chefs wed in 2018 after working together in the kitchen at Orana - which is owned and run by new judge Jock Zonfrillo

What are the odds? The chefs wed in 2018 after working together in the kitchen at Orana – which is owned and run by new judge Jock Zonfrillo

Laura Sharrad 

Laura, who was crowned runner-up in the 2014 season, is married to husband, Max Sharrad. 

The chefs wed in 2018 after working together in the kitchen at Orana – which is owned and run by new judge Jock Zonfrillo.

Laura and Max now co-own their own business: NIDO Bar and Pasta.

Standing by his man: Reece Hignell, 30, has been dating partner Dene Whitfield for almost six years - including when he first appeared on the series in 2018

Standing by his man: Reece Hignell, 30, has been dating partner Dene Whitfield for almost six years – including when he first appeared on the series in 2018

'I would like to say an engagement is on the cards': Reece (right) previously hinted he was waiting for Dene (left) to propose. Pictured in 2018

‘I would like to say an engagement is on the cards’: Reece (right) previously hinted he was waiting for Dene (left) to propose. Pictured in 2018

Reece Hignell 

Reece, 30, has been dating partner Dene Whitfield for almost six years.

He was by his side during his 2018 season of the show. 

When asked by Woman’s Day in April if an engagement was on the cards, he said this: ‘Well, I would like to say an engagement is on the cards, however I still haven’t been asked! I am waiting.’     

Back to win! Pastry chef Reynold Poernomo first shot to fame on the seventh season of MasterChef Australia back in 2015

Back to win! Pastry chef Reynold Poernomo first shot to fame on the seventh season of MasterChef Australia back in 2015

Going strong: Reynold celebrated three years with his glamorous girlfriend Chelia Dinata (left) in February

Going strong: Reynold celebrated three years with his glamorous girlfriend Chelia Dinata (left) in February

Reynold Poernomo

Reynold, who first appeared in the 2015 season, celebrated three years with his glamorous girlfriend Chelia Dinata in February. 

The 26-year-old leads an incredibly lavish life when he’s not whipping up desserts, and enjoys whirlwind trips across the world with his partner. 

Remember him? Callum Hann has returned to MasterChef a decade after placing runner-up on the 2010 season

Remember him? Callum Hann has returned to MasterChef a decade after placing runner-up on the 2010 season 

Husband and father:

Husband and father: Callum is the doting husband to wife Crystal Jagger, whom he wed in 2018 and shares adorable eight-month-old daughter, Elle Madeleine Hann, with

Callum Hann

Former 2010 runner-up Callum is a doting husband to wife Crystal Jagger, whom he wed in 2018.

He also became the proud father to their adorable daughter, Elle Madeleine Hann, in October. 

Private star: Little is known about Emelia Jackson's relationship with 'secret' boyfriend Craig Gersbach

Private star: Little is known about Emelia Jackson’s relationship with ‘secret’ boyfriend Craig Gersbach

Emelia Jackson

Little is known about Emelia’s relationship with ‘secret’ boyfriend Craig Gersbach.

The 30-year-old, who was originally on season six in 2014, rarely posts pictures of them together on Instagram, nor does she name or tag him when she does. 

Emelia first shared a selfie with Craig to Facebook in July 2018.

Couple: The 30-year-old, who was originally on season six in 2014, rarely posts pictures of them together on Instagram, nor does she name or tag him when she does

Couple: The 30-year-old, who was originally on season six in 2014, rarely posts pictures of them together on Instagram, nor does she name or tag him when she does

A total of 24 returning stars and fan-favourites joined the 2020 season in pursuit of the ultimate redemption.

The winner of MasterChef: Back To Win will take home an impressive $250,000 cash prize at the finale.

MasterChef Australia continues on Monday from 7:30pm on Channel 10

Tune in: MasterChef Australia continues on Monday from 7:30pm on Channel 10

Tune in: MasterChef Australia continues on Monday from 7:30pm on Channel 10

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong ‘signs a million-dollar deal to host Junior MasterChef Australia’


MasterChef judge Melissa Leong ‘signs a million-dollar deal to host the next two seasons of Junior MasterChef’

MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong has reportedly signed a generous new deal to host the next two seasons of Junior MasterChef.

After making her debut on the main show this year alongside Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen, the 38-year-old ‘breakout star’ is said to have impressed executives at Channel 10 so much that she will now be rewarded accordingly.

A source told New Idea: ‘Melissa has a new big MasterChef deal. It’s confirmed. She will head up the judging panel of Junior MasterChef, and it’s a million-dollar deal for the next two series.’

‘Million-dollar deal’: MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong, 38, has reportedly signed a generous new deal to host the next two seasons of Junior MasterChef

As well as offering her culinary expertise to the young contestants, Melissa has also reportedly signed on the dotted line to return to MasterChef next year.

‘There’s no denying she’s the breakout star of the new judges,’ the insider added. ‘All of her hard work has paid off. With her new increased MasterChef salary for 2021 plus Junior, she has hit the magic million mark. Everyone loves her!’

According to the source, Jock and Andy will be returning to MasterChef next year but they won’t be involved with Junior MasterChef.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for further comment. 

Exciting: As well as offering her culinary expertise to the young contestants, Melissa has also reportedly signed on the dotted line to return to MasterChef next year

Exciting: As well as offering her culinary expertise to the young contestants, Melissa has also reportedly signed on the dotted line to return to MasterChef next year

In April, Channel 10 surprised cooking fans with the unexpected news that spin-off series Junior MasterChef was casting for a new season.

The Australian version of the competition ran for two seasons between 2010 and 2011, and was hosted by judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris.

Meanwhile, Melissa’s exciting news comes after she appeared on The Sunday Project and hit back at trolls who said that she ‘wasn’t qualified’ to be a judge on the show.

Casting news: According to a source close to production, Jock and Andy will be returning to MasterChef next year but they won't be involved with Junior MasterChef

Casting news: According to a source close to production, Jock and Andy will be returning to MasterChef next year but they won’t be involved with Junior MasterChef

‘I didn’t know the trolls had a copy of my CV, of my decade-long journey through food!’ she said.

‘But it is a cathartic thing to show my knowledge about food, but there’s always more to learn. So let’s just add to the CV.’

She then cheekily waved to the camera and said: ‘Hi, trolls!’

'Didn't know they had a copy of my CV!' This comes after Melissa appeared on The Sunday Project and hit back at trolls who said that she 'wasn't qualified' to judge on the show.

‘Didn’t know they had a copy of my CV!’ This comes after Melissa appeared on The Sunday Project and hit back at trolls who said that she ‘wasn’t qualified’ to judge on the show.

MasterChef’s Melissa Leong hits back at critics who said that she ‘wasn’t qualified’


‘Hi trolls!’ MasterChef’s Melissa Leong hits back at critics who said that she ‘wasn’t qualified’ to judge on the show

Melissa Leong appeared on The Sunday Project this weekend and she had a message for the trolls. 

The 38-year-old MasterChef Australia: Back To Win star hit back at critics who said that she ‘wasn’t qualified’ to judge on the show.  

‘I didn’t know the trolls had a copy of my CV, of my decade-long journey through food!’ she joked. 

Outspoken: Melissa Leong (pictured) appeared on The Sunday Project this weekend and she had a message for the trolls. The 38-year-old MasterChef Australia: Back To Win star hit back at critics who said that she ‘wasn’t qualified’ to judge on the show

‘But it is a cathartic thing to show my knowledge about food, but there’s always more to learn. So let’s just add to the CV.’

Then, cheekily, she waved to the camera and said, ‘Hi, trolls!’ 

Melissa also discussed the topic of diversity on the show, after what has been the most diverse season of the show yet. 

Nope! 'I didn't know the trolls had a copy of my CV, of my decade-long journey through food!' she joked. 'But it is a cathartic thing to show my knowledge about food, but there's always more to learn. So let's just add to the CV'

Nope! ‘I didn’t know the trolls had a copy of my CV, of my decade-long journey through food!’ she joked. ‘But it is a cathartic thing to show my knowledge about food, but there’s always more to learn. So let’s just add to the CV’ 

Then, cheekily, she waved to the camera and said: 'Hi, trolls!'

Then, cheekily, she waved to the camera and said: ‘Hi, trolls!’

‘I think that when you are in a moment in time like this, you really have to stop and take it in because it is really important, historic moment for Australian television and for media in general. 

‘I think it really gives me the extra impetus to be reminded of everybody else who hasn’t really felt seen and represented so far, and to remind them that their moment is on the way as well.’ 

It comes after Melissa hit back at a troll who called her a vile racial slur, in a post shared by her fellow judge Jock Zonfrillo on Sunday. 

Melissa also discussed the topic of diversity on the show: 'I think that when you are in a moment in time like this, you really have to stop and take it in because it is really important, historic moment for Australian television' she said

Melissa also discussed the topic of diversity on the show: ‘I think that when you are in a moment in time like this, you really have to stop and take it in because it is really important, historic moment for Australian television’ she said 

Owned! It comes after Melissa hit back at a troll who called her a vile racial slur. She wrote: 'I couldn't help myself, I had to mark this one up. Grammar is the difference between knowing your s**t, and knowing you're s**t'

Owned! It comes after Melissa hit back at a troll who called her a vile racial slur. She wrote: ‘I couldn’t help myself, I had to mark this one up. Grammar is the difference between knowing your s**t, and knowing you’re s**t’ 

The rambling message read: ‘Having to watch trailers of you and that painful g**k criticise what is put in front of you because a pea is in the wrong place half the stuff no one would ever make geez you are so far up yourselves’.

Jock replied in his caption: ‘When you used the term ‘g**k’. She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate… She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid?’

Melissa reposted the comment on her Instagram Stories, marking up the man’s grammar mistakes and writing: ‘I couldn’t help myself, I had to mark this one up. Grammar is the difference between knowing your s**t, and knowing you’re s**t.’ 

Beloved! The chef joined the cast this year along with Jock and Andy Allen, 32, and has quickly become the show's most beloved judge

Beloved! The chef joined the cast this year along with Jock and Andy Allen, 32, and has quickly become the show’s most beloved judge

MasterChef’s Jock Zonfrillo defends fellow judge Melissa Leong over vile racial slur  


MasterChef’s Jock Zonfrillo defends fellow judge Melissa Leong as he names and shames viewer who called her a vile racial slur

Jock Zonfrillo has lashed out at a viewer who sent him an offensive message about fellow MasterChef Australia: Back To Win judge Melissa Leong.

The 43-year-old shared a screenshot of the Instagram message he received on Sunday, not censoring the full name of the sender, nor the racial slur it contained.

The rambling message read: ‘Geez I will be glad when this dumb a**e MasterChef finishes I wouldn’t watch it but sick of while watching other 10 program. 

Angry: Jock Zonfrillo (right) has lashed out at a viewer who sent him an offensive message about fellow MasterChef Australia: Back To Win judge Melissa Leong (left) 

‘Having to watch trailers of you and that painful g**k criticise what is put in front of you because a pea is in the wrong place half the stuff no one would ever make geez you are so far up yourselves’. 

Jock replied in his caption ‘Where to begin with this… Firstly I can only assume you are referring to @fooderati when you used the term ‘g**k’…

‘She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate, she drinks espresso like I do, she is able to express and articulate a damn sight better than you can clearly and that is just the beginning Graham. 

Offensive: The 43-year-old shared a screenshot of the Instagram message he received on Sunday, not censoring the full name of the sender, nor the racial slur it contained

Offensive: The 43-year-old shared a screenshot of the Instagram message he received on Sunday, not censoring the full name of the sender, nor the racial slur it contained

Jock replied in his caption: 'When you used the term 'g**k'. She's actually Melissa, she's my work wife, my sister, my mate... She's a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid?'

Jock replied in his caption: ‘When you used the term ‘g**k’. She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate… She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid?’ 

‘She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid?

‘I feel sorry for you that you cannot see past the colour of someone’s skin or actually the fact they are just different than your white a** in any way.

‘Graham, please get educated and be a better human. You owe it to yourself and everyone around you who are most probably too embarrassed by the shit you say to let you know.

She wrote: 'I couldn't help myself, I had to mark this one up. Grammar is the difference between knowing your s**t, and knowing you're s**t'

She wrote: ‘I couldn’t help myself, I had to mark this one up. Grammar is the difference between knowing your s**t, and knowing you’re s**t’

Tough: Melissa, 38, reposted the comment on her Instagram Stories in comical style, marking up the man's grammar mistakes

Tough: Melissa, 38, reposted the comment on her Instagram Stories in comical style, marking up the man’s grammar mistakes

‘I’m sick of this type of thing getting sent to me so here’s a heads up… if you send this kind of s**t to me it’s getting called out,’ he concluded. 

Melissa, 38, reposted the comment on her Instagram Stories, marking up the man’s grammar mistakes and writing: ‘I couldn’t help myself, I had to mark this one up. Grammar is the difference between knowing your s**t, and knowing you’re s**t.’

The chef joined the cast this year along with Jock and Andy Allen, 32, and has quickly become the show’s most beloved judge. 

Love her! The chef joined the cast this year along with Jock and Andy Allen, 32, and has quickly become the show's most beloved judge

Love her! The chef joined the cast this year along with Jock and Andy Allen, 32, and has quickly become the show’s most beloved judge

MasterChef’s Tessa Boersma sent home after her Indian-inspired tacos fail to excite judges


MasterChef’s Tessa Boersma breaks down in tears as she’s sent home after her Indian-inspired tacos fail to excite judges – after claims the show’s challenges were ‘stacked against her’

Tessa Boersma delivered Indian-inspired tacos on Sunday’s episode of MasterChef Australia: Back To Win, but her dish disappointed the judges and saw her eliminated from the competition.

The 28-year old was filling a challenge brief which called for something completely new that the judges had never seen before. 

She whipped up chapatti , which she said is like a wholemeal Indian roti, with tandoori flathead, asafoetida and mint raita, a pineapple and coriander salsa and a smoked Kashmiri chilli hot sauce.  

Out: Tessa Boersma (pictured) delivered Indian-inspired tacos on Sunday’s episode of MasterChef Australia: Back To Win, but her dish disappointed the judges and saw her eliminated from the competition

However the judges felt the fish was overwhelmed by the hot sauce, and the citrus flavours, which left the dish ultimately tasting Mexican. 

Upon leaving, Tessa told the judges:  ‘I did as best as I could. It was, like… I couldn’t beat Reynold. You know, his mind is so incredible. But, yeah, like, I’m bummed, but I’m really happy.’