MasterChef's Poh Ling Yeow joins I'm A Celebrity 2022: 'Sh***ing myself'

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The upcoming season of I'm A Celebrity... Get me out of Here! is about to kick off and we've finally been given the name of one star joining the show - MasterChef alum Poh Ling Yeow.

The Snackmasters host confirmed to The Daily Telegraph on Saturday that she was one of the celebrities headed into the jungle for an experience she described as equally "challenging" and entertaining.

Poh Ling Yeow joins I'm A Celebrity.. Get me out of Here!
Poh Ling Yeow joins I'm A Celebrity.. Get me out of Here! Australia for 2022. Photo: Channel 10

The 47-year-old admitted she did turn down the opportunity a few times.

"I’ve done reality TV every few years now without meaning to – it will just pop up. (This year again) I was like ‘no freakin’ way’ but I’d watched last year and absolutely loved it," she told the publication.

"I was just shitting myself and laughing the entire time. Who would have known I would love watching people gag that much?"

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When it came to camp life, Poh also revealed there was one task she took upon herself.

"I thought I might get bossy in the kitchen – and I did. But look, if everyone can have good food why not (take over)? You really don’t want someone who’s never cooked and saying ‘well, I should give it a go tonight’. I was all “ah, no!’."

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Poh said she did find it challenging to be among so many stars. Photo: Instagram/Poh Ling Yeow

The show, that kicks off on Channel 10 tomorrow (Monday Jan 3), has already teased an Olympian, a country singer, AFL superstar, beauty queen, comedian, footy coach and a mystery celebrity twist, with Poh admitting she did find it "challenging" to be among so many stars.

"It was quite confronting feelings to be honest," she said.

"I accidentally found myself in the entertainment industry, so being around a lot of performers I knew I would struggle with that."

Poh's most recent TV appearance was as host of Channel Nine's Snackmasters in which accomplished Aussie chefs tried to accurately replicate the look and taste of some of the country's favourite fast foods and snacks.

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Poh Ling Yeow has been a MasterChef favourite since she debuted on the show in 2009. Photo: Channel 10

Of course, Poh first became an Aussie TV favourite back in 2009, by the debut of a little reality TV cooking show called MasterChef.

"That show has just such a huge spot in my heart because, and I always say this jokingly but it's true, I was, you know, birthed from those loins into the food world," Poh previously told Yahoo Lifestyle.

Poh ended up coming second to winner Julie Goodwin but won over the Aussie viewing public.

Then, in 2020, much to the delight of fans Poh returned to where it all began on MasterChef: Back To Win, along with other all-star contestants.

"I had kind of been manifesting it for many years," she admits with a chuckle. "I was like, 'I hope they do a MasterChef all-stars because I'm there!' Then when they asked me, I couldn't say 'yes' fast enough."

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