MasterChef Australia Judge Melissa Leong Reveals the REAL Reason She Struggles to Enjoy Her Fame
She’s fronting one of the most popular TV shows in Australia, but Melissa Leong has revealed she’s struggling to enjoy the benefits of fame.
Written in one piece for The Daily Telegraphthe 39-year-old MasterChef judge admitted that she hates being asked about an “ understanding. ”
“I said yes to doing a job I thought I could do justice,” she wrote.
Not for the Fame: MasterChef Australia’s Melissa Leong has revealed she’s struggling to enjoy the benefits of fame
And while I know that popularity is a function of that success, the whole idea of fame makes me deeply uncomfortable because it’s not something I place stock in.
“Instead, I want to focus on doing a good job and continue to enjoy openly teasing others’ stories, through the lens of food,” she added.
“Whether your job puts you in the public eye or not, it doesn’t just make sense to me that you can leave work at work and come home at a different pace of life.”
Last year, she was widely regarded as the rescue of the revamped MasterChef franchise.
But in July, Melissa revealed that she hadn’t felt the impact of fame on her day-to-day life as she was jailed for much of the year due to COVID-19.
The Back To Win judge said TV tonight she hasn’t interacted much with the show’s ‘great crowd’ yet.
‘I haven’t interacted much with our audience in public’: Last year, MasterChef judge revealed she hasn’t felt the impact of fame due to the coronavirus pandemic
“Because COVID is what it is, I don’t think I have been out that much,” Melissa told the website at the time.
Melissa went on to explain that both cast and crew made sure they were doing the “ responsible ” in filming Channel Ten’s ratings.
‘I haven’t actually interacted much with our wonderful audience in a public setting …’ she added.
‘I haven’t actually been out that much’: The 38-year-old told TV Tonight that she hasn’t had much interaction with the show’s ‘great audience’
However, as the restrictions were eased, Melissa has had her first few encounters with some of the show’s die-hard fans.
“It’s very flattering and it really makes us so happy,” she said.
Last year, Melissa said The Weekend Australian that she is ‘very humbled’ by the show’s success.
Doing their part: She went on to explain that both the cast and crew made sure they were doing the “ responsible ” while filming and not going out during lockdown. Pictured next to Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen
In her usual self-mockery, Melissa told the publication, ‘Ratings aren’t really within our control … (but) it’s great to feel it resonate with viewers in Australia and beyond.’
The food writer went on to say that she can relate to the participants because she knows what they are going through.
“I know what it’s like to put yourself completely in front of others and be judged,” she said.
MasterChef Australia will premiere on Channel 10 on Sunday April 18
Back on the screen! MasterChef Australia will premiere on Channel Ten on Sunday April 18