MasterChef judge Melissa Leong ‘would be lying’ if she said she didn’t want to win the Gold Logie 


MasterChef judge Melissa Leong admits she would be ‘lying’ if she said she didn’t want to win the Gold Logie

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong has admitted that she would be ‘lying’ if she said she didn’t want to win the Gold Logie at Sunday night’s awards ceremony.

In her column for The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine this weekend, the food critic, who is of Chinese-Singaporean ethnicity, took pride in knowing that she would be ‘the first woman of colour in the award’s 62-year history to do so’.

The 40-year-old has been nominated for the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality as well as the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter.

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong (pictured), 40, admitted in her column for The Daily Telegraph's Stellar magazine this weekend, that she would be 'lying' if she said she didn't want to win the Gold Logie at Sunday's awards ceremony

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong (pictured), 40, admitted in her column for The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine this weekend, that she would be ‘lying’ if she said she didn’t want to win the Gold Logie at Sunday’s awards ceremony 

‘I never really considered TV roles to be legitimate job options because I saw so few people like me in this country doing them,’ Melissa wrote in her Stellar column.

‘So here I am, a first-time nominee for Best Presenter and the coveted Gold Logie. If (and I do say IF) I win the gold, I’ll be the first woman of colour in the award’s 62-year history to do so. Isn’t that crazy?’

Melissa continued to explain the cultural importance of her Gold Logie nomination.

‘And while I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win for myself, I think now I really want to win for anyone who might see something of themselves – or who they could be – in me,’ she said.

The food critic, who is of Chinese-Singaporean ethnicity, took pride in knowing that she would be 'the first woman of colour in the award's 62-year history to do so'. Melissa is also up for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter

The food critic, who is of Chinese-Singaporean ethnicity, took pride in knowing that she would be ‘the first woman of colour in the award’s 62-year history to do so’. Melissa is also up for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter

Melissa reiterated the same sentiments in her interview with Monday’s TV Week magazine, saying that her Gold Logie nomination is a ‘huge step in the right direction’ for diversity.  

‘While there’s a tremendous sense of achievement in the Gold Logie, what’s more meaningful is that no woman of colour has won,’ she told the magazine.

‘Just to be nominated is a massive achievement.’

Melissa also noted the importance of her nomination in Australia’s multicultural society, adding that it’s a ‘distinct honour’ and huge ‘symbol’ to people who haven’t seen people like themselves be portrayed in the media.

'And while I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to win for myself, I think now I really want to win for anyone who might see something of themselves ¿ or who they could be ¿ in me,' she wrote. Pictured with MasterChef co-stars Andy Allen (left) and Jock Zonfrillo (right)

‘And while I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win for myself, I think now I really want to win for anyone who might see something of themselves – or who they could be – in me,’ she wrote. Pictured with MasterChef co-stars Andy Allen (left) and Jock Zonfrillo (right) 

‘Had it been someone else, I’d be applauding the loudest, because we need this as a nation,’ she continued.

The cookbook editor also penned a heartfelt Instagram post about her nomination on Monday, while also sending her best wishes to her fellow nominees.

‘I probably haven’t said enough about what it means to be grouped together with such wonderfully talented, beloved and hard working people as these,’ she wrote.

‘Well, it means a lot. Each story to get here is hard earned and well worth the gold.

Melissa's competitors for the Gold Logie are TV stars (L-R) Karl Stefanovic, Julia Morris, Hamish Blake, Tom Gleeson, Sonia Kruger and Ray Meagher

Melissa’s competitors for the Gold Logie are TV stars (L-R) Karl Stefanovic, Julia Morris, Hamish Blake, Tom Gleeson, Sonia Kruger and Ray Meagher  

‘And if the sentiment of ‘surround yourself with brilliant people because you are the company you keep’ is true, then right here is exactly where I want to be.

‘Wishing you all the best and thanks for having me in the squad! See you on the Goldie this weekend!’

Melissa is up for the Gold Logie alongside Karl Stefanovic, Tom Gleeson, Ray Meagher, Julia Morris, Sonia Kruger and Hamish Blake.

She has also been nominated for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter; against Carrie Bickmore, Leigh Sales and again Tom, Sonia and Hamish.

In an Instagram post last month, Melissa said she never believed she would receive a nomination when she found out she'd been shortlisted

In an Instagram post last month, Melissa said she never believed she would receive a nomination when she found out she’d been shortlisted

The TV star said she never believed she would receive a nomination when she found out she’d been shortlisted last month.

‘Ten year old Mel would never have dreamed a weird, late bloomer outcast migrant kid like me would be nominated for a bloody GOLD LOGIE and a silver for most popular presenter,’ she wrote to Instagram on May 15.

‘Let alone the show I am on to be nominated for most popular and most outstanding reality shows! That’s 4 NOMINATIONS FOR @masterchefau!!

‘I am beyond blown away, we did it, team!’

Melissa is being recognised for her recent work on Network 10's Masterchef Australia

Melissa is being recognised for her recent work on Network 10’s Masterchef Australia 

Several of her fans and followers congratulated Melissa in the comments and said her recognition is well-deserved.

‘Congrats Melissa and why wouldn’t you be nominated!’ MasterChef Singapore judge Audra Morrice wrote.

‘You my dear represent diversity in so many ways… And to have the strength of character to be authentic and to wear your heart on your sleeve, I take my hat off to you gorgeous!’

Melissa's column is featured in this weekend's issue of The Daily Telegraph's Stellar magazine

Melissa’s column is featured in this weekend’s issue of The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine

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