MasterChef judge Melissa Leong radiant in slinky slip dress

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MasterChef Australia's Melissa Leong
MasterChef Australia's Melissa Leong stunned in this yellow silk dress last night. Photo: Network Ten

The 2021 MasterChef grand final is almost upon us, but while we’ve yet to see who gets crowned this year’s best home cook, there was one clear winner in the fashion stakes last night.

Judges Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen were looking very dapper in their black tuxedos, however, there was no looking past Melissa Leong who absolutely stunned in a yellow silk slip dress from Ted Baker.

The TV star looked as though she’d walked straight off a red carpet - or, as a few people pointed out on Twitter, out of a Kate Hudson movie - in the elegant frock.

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter
Mel from masterchef
Mel finished the look with an elegant side-part up-do and red MAC lipstick. Photo: Network Ten

Her dress featured a cowl neckline and midi-length hem, and she accessorised with a strappy pair of black Edward Meller heels, earrings from Mimco and red, 'lady danger' lipstick from MAC.

The look garnered lots of attention on social media, with viewers heaping praise on the popular judge.


“Melissa is so stunning tonight, a goddess,” one person said on Twitter, while another wrote, “Melissa’s looking like Belle in her yellow dress but who's the Beast, Jock or Andy?”

Ted Baker dress
Ted Baker Kinseyy Cowl neck midi slip dress was on sale for $204 but is now sold out. Photo: Ted Baker
MAC 'lady danger' red lipstick
Melissa's makeup artist Maureen Moriarty, used this MAC 'lady danger' red lipstick as the highlight of her semi-finals beauty look. It's currently on sale for $24. Photo: MAC

Others put it more simply, writing on Instagram, “Holy Smokes Mel!!”, “Stunnnnning!!!!” and “Love that dress!”

After Elise's elimination in last night's semi final, Justin and Kishwar will be joining Pete in the grand final that starts tonight and finishes on Tuesday.

Shop Slinky slip dresses like Mel’s:

Unfortunately, Melissa’s Ted Baker dress, that originally retailed for $409, is currently out of stock in all colours and sizes in Australia, but we’ve found some similar designs to recreate the look.

This maxi-length Shona Joy, bias-cut, Cowl Slip Dress is $280 and comes in four different colours.

Shona Joy cowl neck slip dress
Shona Joy dress. Photo: The Iconic

Forever New has midi-length, cowl-neck dresses with a ruched detail on the side for $170, with discounts on the rose and mint green-coloured versions.

Pink Forever New slip dress
Pink Forever New dress. Photo: Forever New

This 100 percent silk Empire Line dress from US retailer Silk Maison has thick straps with a bow detail and is available for international shipping for USD$129.

Grey Silk Maison dress
Grey Silk Maison dress. Photo: Silk Maison

A more affordable option is this Lunaria slip dress from Showpo that comes in emerald green or hot pink for $80.

Green Showpo dress with cowl neckline
Green Showpo dress. Photo: Showpo

Also at the lower end of the price scale is this Schiffer Slip Midi Dress from Beginning Boutique which retails for $90.

Beginning Boutique dress
Beginning Boutique dress. Photo: Beginning Boutique

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