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MasterChef Australia fans defend judge after brutal attack by British viewer

MasterChef Australia fans are coming to the defense of judge – and former contestant – Poh Ling Yeow after a British viewer criticized her in an online fan group for the show. Poh has joined the judging panel for the 2024 season, alongside Sofia Levin, Jean-Christophe Novelli and returning judge Andy Allen.

“UK fan – how is it possible that Po (sic) has taken on the role of head judge when she hasn’t even won MasterChef like say Andy nor is she a Michelin star chef like Jean-Christophe or a decent food critic(?),” the person wrote. “What’s the deal(?)”

The post garnered over 200 comments from fans, most of whom came to her defense.

“Poh is a champion. A great presenter and very knowledgeable about food. She is our star,” wrote one fan.

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“In my opinion she was the best judge Masterchef Australia has ever had… she’s honest with her opinions and her introduction to the challenges is spot on… I’m so happy she stepped foot on this show… it’s like fire and water compared to last season. I love Poh,” said another.

Fans defended Poh, saying they loved her warmth and kindness. Source: Channel Ten

“By the way, this is POH!” wrote another, correcting the typo OP in her name. “Australians love and respect her experience, knowledge, kindness and overwhelming support for participants.”

“Poh is brilliant! She is very kind to the contestants and supports them outside of MC. I spoke directly to one of the contestants and they spoke very positively about her. Poh for head judge!” another echoed.

“I love Poh, she is such a good example of how to be a caring human being while also being able to delve into her own experiences and offer new ways for aspiring cooks to learn. She is a beacon of light, I respect her immensely,” said another.

Reaction to Poh joining the judging panel has been generally positive, with fans expressing their excitement for her presence even before the series begins in 2024.

Poh Ling Yeow was apparently considered to host MasterChef Australia in 2019. Source: Channel Ten

“I was so happy when I found out she was on the show,” one person wrote on Facebook. “I love Poh.”

Someone else said: “I love Poh, she’s so talented and seems like a very good mentor and judge.”

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As previously reported Yahoo LifestyleThe beloved chef may have started work early, as speculation circulated in 2019 that she would be asked to host Masterchef Australia when Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan were removed from the programme.

“The boardroom talks started with a dream team of judges who worked well together, and Poh was definitely on that list,” the source told Yahoo Lifestyle. “However, they were very keen to have her and Julie Goodwin back in the kitchen as contestants, and two seasons were to see the MasterChef Australia alumni return. That explains why they backed out of offering Poh the role in 2019.”

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