Channel 10 reportedly considering MasterChef judge for The Project

MasterChef's Melissa Leong is reportedly in talks to become a regular on another Channel 10 show, but this time it won't be cooking-related.

The 39-year-old food critic could soon be a regular on Channel 10's nightly current affairs show The Project, according to New Idea.

MasterChef's Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo
Channel 10 is reportedly in talks with MasterChef judge Melissa Leong about becoming a regular on The Project. Photo: Ten

The publication reports the star is in "quiet negotiations" to join the program as a recurring panelist, but isn't set to replace any of the regular hosts.

Melissa, only joined MasterChef as a judge last year for the highly successful Back to Win season featuring much-loved former contestants returning for another chance to win the competition.


Given her popularity and her progressive views, it's thought Melissa would be the perfect fit to join hosts Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson.

The MasterChef star recently spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle about working on the show, saying she's been "having a blast" with this year's contestants.

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Melissa Leong is rumoured to be up for a regular gig on The Project. Photo: Ten

"They’re bright, full of heart and take on challenges with all of themselves – what’s not to respect and admire about that kind of nous?" she tells us, adding there are a few she can see making it in the outside world.

"I definitely see a handful of them making a career of it, if they stick to their guns and keep on learning."

Speaking of the upcoming Celebrity MasterChef season, the judge wouldn't give much away, but said it was going to be a "little less serious".

"Short seasons like Junior [MasterChef] and Celebrity are designed to be fun and a little less serious than a regular season," she hinted. "It’s a wonderful opportunity to let loose a little more, and just play in that magical kitchen space."

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