MasterChefs Melissa Leong says she ‘makes sure’ to have saved her legacy ‘to interfere’

MasterChefs Melissa Leong says she ‘mourns’ hiding her Singaporean-Chinese heritage ‘to interfere’


Melissa Leong has revealed that she once hid her legacy to ‘interfere’ as an Australian.

The MasterChef judge, 39, who is now proud of her Singaporean-Chinese roots, says she is now ashamed of how he buried her culture as a child and teenager.

‘I stopped speaking Cantonese as a child because I did not want to be’ too Chinese ‘and cultivated a broader Aussie tone among my schoolmates,’ she wrote in a column for Stellar Magazine on Saturday.

Sorry: Melissa Leong (pictured) has revealed that she once hid her legacy to 'interfere' as an Australian.  The MasterChef judge, 39, who is now proud of her Singaporean-Chinese roots, says she is now ashamed of how he buried her culture as a child and teenager

Sorry: Melissa Leong (pictured) has revealed that she once hid her legacy to ‘interfere’ as an Australian. The MasterChef judge, 39, who is now proud of her Singaporean-Chinese roots, says she is now ashamed of how he buried her culture as a child and teenager

‘I’m ashamed to say that as much as I loved the odd dim sum in my lunchbox, I was embarrassed by the smell of rehydration of shiitake mushrooms or fried onions, ginger and garlic flying up the street from our kitchen, ‘Melissa added.

She added that she would feel ‘uncomfortable’ with her mother’s accent and grammatical errors – but now wishes she had felt different.

‘Honestly, as an adult, I grieve over what I got rid of as a child, those parts of my culture are long gone. I feel stupid because I let jokes made at the expense of my legacy pass me by to interfere, ”Melissa wrote.

'I stopped speaking Cantonese as a child because I did not want to be' too Chinese 'and cultivated a broader Aussie tone among my schoolmates,' she wrote in a column for Stellar Magazine on Saturday.  Depicted as a child

‘I stopped speaking Cantonese as a child because I did not want to be’ too Chinese ‘and cultivated a broader Aussie tone among my schoolmates,’ she wrote in a column for Stellar Magazine on Saturday. Depicted as a child

'I'm ashamed to say that as much as I loved the odd dim sum in my lunchbox, I was embarrassed by the smell of rehydration of shiitake mushrooms or fried onions, ginger and garlic flying up the street from our kitchen, 'Melissa added.  Depicted as a child

‘I’m ashamed to say that as much as I loved the odd dim sum in my lunchbox, I was embarrassed by the smell of rehydration of shiitake mushrooms or fried onions, ginger and garlic flying up the street from our kitchen, ‘Melissa added. Depicted as a child

Last year, the TV food critic revealed that she has been subjected to horrific racist abuse since her debut in the program earlier this year.

‘When it happens to you every day of your life, you develop a way to cope with it,’ Melissa explained to TV Week magazine.

‘The best thing is to greet it with intelligence, humor and maybe a little empathy, because you can’t sink to that level yourself,’ she said.

But the TV star admitted that some days were tougher than others.

Previously: She added that she would feel 'uncomfortable' with her mother's accent and grammatical errors - but now wishes she had felt different

Previously: She added that she would feel ‘uncomfortable’ with her mother’s accent and grammatical errors – but now wishes she had felt different

'Honestly, as an adult, I grieve over what I got rid of as a child, those parts of my culture are long gone.  I feel like a fool to let jokes made at the expense of my inheritance pass me by to interfere, ”Melissa wrote

‘Honestly, as an adult, I grieve over what I got rid of as a child, those parts of my culture are long gone. I feel like a fool to let jokes made at the expense of my inheritance pass me by to interfere, ”Melissa wrote

‘There are days when I’m blind to the eyes and feel this tangible shock in my chest. But having huge friends like Andy and Jock helps, we have each other’s backs, ‘she added.

Meanwhile, Melissa is getting ready for a new season as Channel 10 has finally confirmed the premiere date for the new season of Celebrity MasterChef Australia.

The program, produced by Endemol Shine Australia, launches on Sunday 10 October at 19.30 on 10 October.

Incoming: Meanwhile, Melissa is getting ready for a new season as Channel 10 has finally confirmed the premiere date for the new season of Celebrity MasterChef Australia.  Pictured with his judges

Incoming: Meanwhile, Melissa is getting ready for a new season as Channel 10 has finally confirmed the premiere date for the new season of Celebrity MasterChef Australia. Pictured with his judges

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