After a wild week of superstars like Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal, Yotam Ottolenghi and Massimo Bottura heating up the MasterChef Australia kitchen, it’s time to celebrate some local celebrity talent.
Joining Jock, Melissa and Andy for Sunday’s elimination are past favourites Poh, Callum and Reynold, who have set a fierce elimination challenge for the MasterChef hopefuls who have their eyes on the $250,000 prize.
According to Channel Ten, “Our top 20 contestants have 90 minutes to create a delicious dish worthy of a place on our MasterChef alumni’s menus. Who will inspire and who will miss the brief?”
So what have the trio of talented chefs been up to since they last visited the MasterChef set? Let’s find out.
Poh Ling Yeow
Poh came to fame after finishing as runner-up on the first season of MasterChef Australia back in 2009 and returned to the show in 2021 for MasterChef Australia: Back To Win in which she placed sixth.
The talented chef has appeared on several TV series including Poh’s Kitchen, Poh’s Kitchen on the Road and Poh & Co on SBS.
In addition to being a sought-after chef, Poh is also a very accomplished artist who has enjoyed many solo exhibitions and has even had work featured in publications such as Vogue Australia, House & Garden, The Advertiser and mX.
Poh made headlines earlier in 2021 when she announced that she and her husband, Jonathan Bennett had gone their separate ways after 12 years, but assured fans that the split had been “untraumatic.”
Follow Poh on Instagram @pohlingyeow
In 2020, Hann opened his first restaurant — the stunning Lou’s Place, located at the Lou Miranda Estate cellar door in Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley.
Hann, who was actually born in the Barossa, appeared on MasterChef in 2010 and Back to Win in 2020 and is the author of Quick. Easy. Healthy, I’d Eat That and The Starter Kitchen.
The popular chef, who has a baby daughter Elle with his wife Crystal, is also the Food and Finance director of Sprout — a company that offers cooking classes, catering and nutritional services.
Follow him on Instagram @callums_kitchen.
Sydney based dessert king Reynold Poernomo is only 27, but he has already achieved some impressive feats in his career.
Most notably, the celebrity chef opened his own dessert bar, named KOI with his brothers Arnold and Ronald. KOI (which stands for Kids of Ike) has locations in Ryde and Chippendale in Sydney.
He and his siblings also run Monkey’s Corner in Chippendale which offers a “fun and intimate atmosphere, a creative and inventive line-up of cocktails and food to pair.”
Poernomo, who made the incredible “Golden Snitch” on 2020’s Back to Win, finished fourth in the seventh season of MasterChef in 2015.
Follow him on Instagram @reynoldpoer