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We've been missing the incredible charisma, talent, and fashion of Melissa Leong on our television screens since the end of MasterChef Australia 2021 in July.
But as her fan base continues to grow with each season of the Channel 10 cooking show, the food and travel writer has said she struggles with the growing fascination into her private life, particularly after her divorce from her husband.
Here's what the popular judge has shared with the Australia about her life and career.
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Melissa Leong's passion for food.
Born in Sydney to parents who immigrated from Singapore in the 70s, Leong, 39, first studied accounting and economics and worked in digital advertising before eventually turning her love for food into her full-time job.
In an interview with Design Files in 2019, she said working in advertising “left her unfulfilled and fantasising about pushing her boss out the window”.
A lifelong passion for food saw her make the switch, and saw her go on to work in practically every facet of the Australian media food space.
In TV, she’s worked on Everyday Gourmet, The Cook’s Pantry and the Chef’s Line, but Leong is also a cookbook editor, food media consultant, travel writer and radio host. Her Instagram, which operates under the name “Fooderati”, is filled with delectable food photos from her career, travels and own kitchen.
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