Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong denies accusations of bias after a former contestant ‘was upset by her favoritism’

MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong has hit back at accusations of ‘favoriteism’ on the Channel 10 cooking show.

The food writer, 40, told TV Week on Wednesday she takes the competitive aspect of the program ‘very seriously’ and does not pick favorites.

It comes after a former MasterChef contestant reportedly became frustrated over what she perceived as Melissa’s bias.

'I take my job very seriously': MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong (pictured) has hit back at accusations of 'favoriteism' on the Channel 10 cooking show

‘I take my job very seriously’: MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong (pictured) has hit back at accusations of ‘favoriteism’ on the Channel 10 cooking show

Of course, you feel fond of them [the contestants]but we are still judging the food on the plate at the end of the day, ‘Melissa said.

‘As much as we love spending time with them, I think any judge needs to remain impartial in that regard.’

She added: ‘When the competition is over, or somebody leaves, and I’ve had some kind of connection with them, I may keep in touch with them on some level, but when it comes to competitions, I take my job very seriously . ‘

Professional: The food writer, 40, told TV Week on Wednesday she takes the competitive aspect of the program 'very seriously' and does not pick favorites

Professional: The food writer, 40, told TV Week on Wednesday she takes the competitive aspect of the program ‘very seriously’ and does not pick favorites

New Idea reported in May 2020 that contestant Tessa Boersman had become frustrated by what she perceived to be Melissa’s favoriteism.

Tessa reportedly feared that Melissa preferred the other chefs in the competition.

At one point during filming, she apparently became emotional during an exchange with the judge after one of the challenges.

Claims: New Idea reported in May 2020 that contestant Tessa Boersman (pictured) had become frustrated by what she perceived to be Melissa's favoritism

Claims: New Idea reported in May 2020 that contestant Tessa Boersman (pictured) had become frustrated by what she perceived to be Melissa’s favoritism

Melissa joined MasterChef in 2020, alongside Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen.

The trio replaced original judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan, who had quit the show a year earlier over a pay dispute.

Also in 2020, Melissa announced her separation from husband Joe Jones. She is now dating Melbourne-based hair entrepreneur Rob Mason.

New flame: Melissa is dating Melbourne-based hair entrepreneur Rob Mason

New flame: Melissa is dating Melbourne-based hair entrepreneur Rob Mason

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