Poh Ling Yeow commends MasterChef Australia for giving the show some much-needed ‘feminine energy’

She’s a MasterChef Australia fan favourite, with some even calling her a national treasure.

And on Monday, Poh Ling Yeow weighed in on the cooking competition’s new judging lineup. 

In an interview with news.com.au, the 47-year-old commended Channel 10 for bringing in judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo, after parting ways with Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris after 11 seasons.

'I think that was a really interesting move': MasterChef Australia contestant Poh Ling Yeow (pictured), 47, revealed the biggest and most 'unpredictable' change to the cooking competition over the years has brought it a new lease of life

‘I think that was a really interesting move’: MasterChef Australia contestant Poh Ling Yeow (pictured), 47, revealed the biggest and most ‘unpredictable’ change to the cooking competition over the years has brought it a new lease of life

‘I was surprised at just how much a feminine energy was needed on set,’ Poh told the publication. 

‘When Mel walked on, I was like, “wow, she adds something really different to the vibe”.

‘They (Allen, Leong, Zonfrillo) were definitely unpredictable and I think that was a really interesting move.’

Change for the better: In an interview with news.com.au , Poh commended Channel 10 for bringing in judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (centre) and Jock Zonfrillo (right), after parting ways with Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris after 11 seasons

Change for the better: In an interview with news.com.au , Poh commended Channel 10 for bringing in judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (centre) and Jock Zonfrillo (right), after parting ways with Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris after 11 seasons

Being honest: The Malaysian-born cook said it completely changed the 'vibe' on the MasterChef Australia set

Being honest: The Malaysian-born cook said it completely changed the ‘vibe’ on the MasterChef Australia set

Why they left: Matt Preston (centre), Gary Mehigan (left) and George Calombaris (right) quit the reality cooking series in 2019 after a reported pay dispute with Channel 10

Why they left: Matt Preston (centre), Gary Mehigan (left) and George Calombaris (right) quit the reality cooking series in 2019 after a reported pay dispute with Channel 10

Before the new judges were cast, ratings slumped to as low as 366,000 in 2019.

However, in 2020, they spiked back up to about a million viewers each episode.

This comes after Poh celebrated her birthday in December, and shocked fans when she revealed her real age.

How old? '47 last Friday...' the dark haired beauty captioned her post. Fans were quick to compliment the chef on her age-defying visage, with one writing: 'As IF you are 47?!'

How old? ’47 last Friday…’ the dark haired beauty captioned her post. Fans were quick to compliment the chef on her age-defying visage, with one writing: ‘As IF you are 47?!’

’47 last Friday…’ the dark haired beauty captioned her post. 

Fans were quick to compliment the chef on her age-defying visage, with one writing: ‘As IF you are 47?!’

Another echoed the disbelief: ‘No way! If you said 27, I would’ve believed you!’ 

Ageless beauty: Another echoed the disbelief: 'No way! If you said 27, I would've believed you!'

Ageless beauty: Another echoed the disbelief: ‘No way! If you said 27, I would’ve believed you!’

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