Victorian DJ Khanh Ong is hitting high notes in the kitchen, but reveals he almost ended up on a very different reality show. "I also signed up for The Block," the 25-year-old tells OK! exclusively.
"It was a girlfriend's idea. I have no background in building, but I studied design."
Thankfully the MasterChef call came through first and now the well-connected foodie is spinning plates in the TV kitchen.
You're a successful DJ. Why sign up for MasterChef?
I needed a change, a challenge and I want a career in food. I just didn't know how to start.
Do you know any of the other former MasterChef contestants?
I know Brent [Owens], who won a few years back [in 2014], just through events and such. I should've got some MasterChef tips from him!
Did you lose work while filming?
I had to say no to a few very big gigs, including a national tour which I might never get to do again, but this was too good an opportunity to pass up.
What's been your biggest kitchen fail?
When I was 13 or so I tried to cook deep-fried quail and I legitimately set the kitchen on fire. My parents were not happy.
You're good on the decks and a whiz in the kitchen. What do you like to do during your downtime?
I love being outdoors. [I like to go] kayaking in Brighton, Melbourne, paddleboarding in Port Melbourne or hiking near Black Spur. I love eating out and exploring new places. I live a really active lifestyle – I go to F45 every day, followed by yoga, Pilates or meditation. I obviously also really love music. But it's time to change things up.
For more goss from your fave shows, pick up a copy of OK! Magazine, on sale now!