MasterChef fans go wild as favourite Poh Ling Yeow returns to show

MasterChef Australia viewers lost it when fan favourite Poh Ling Yeow returned to the popular cooking show on Sunday night.

Australia first fell in love with the multi-talented cook, artist and author back in 2009 when she came second to winner Julie Goodwin on the debut season of MasterChef.

Poh Ling Yeow back on MasterChef
Poh Ling Yeow was back on MasterChef in 2021. Photo: Channel Ten

The chef returned to the show in 2020 for the all-stars season MasterChef Australia: Back To Win in which she placed sixth, before making another appearance this year featuring as a guest judge, alongside fellow former contestants Reynold Poernomo and Callum Hann.

Poh's return to the show in particular set social media alight.

"We could have ditched the week of superstars on a giant screen and just got Poh to pop in each night. Contestants are star struck!" one fan commented on Twitter.

"Can Poh be a fourth judge for the rest of the season???" another asked.

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

"Aunty Poh is BACK everything is good in the world," was another comment.

While a fourth wrote: "Man, Poh truly lights up the screen every time she's on it."


Poh and Reynold Masterchef guest judge
Poh joined as a guest judge, alongside Reynold Poernomo and Callum Hann. Photo: Channel Ten

Since her first stint on MasterChef, Poh has hosted her own TV shows, published multiple cookbooks and launched a gourmet food business while still making time for her first passion, painting.

Recently, Poh was named one of L’Oréal Paris' 'Women of Worth' alongside singer Jessica Mauboy, cricketer Ellyse Perry and 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.

Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle at the time, Poh said it felt "pretty special".

"It feels pretty special to be amongst these trailblazers. I’m really proud to be part of a campaign promoting such a positive message," Poh said.

"It’s a personal milestone for me. Australia has welcomed my family with open arms and I hope I can inspire young girls of all cultures to dare to carve their own path in life."

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