EXCLUSIVE: Why MasterChef’s Poh Ling Yeow doesn’t want to be famous

The reality star says she’s ready for a quieter life after the show.

By Melissa Field
She's always been a fan favourite, but this MasterChef cook says she can take her TV fame with a pinch of salt.
"I don't like living in a goldfish bowl," Poh, 47, tells TV WEEK with a laugh.
She adds, "When I'm finished on this season 
of MasterChef, I'm going to get right back into my painting and only do things that bring me joy."
Poh says that while she'd be open to more TV work, she feels she'd only take on a show that she produces.
"I'd want to be in the driver's seat," she says. "I think the next stage for me is producing my own content on my own terms."
MasterChef star Poh admits she doesn't like "living in a goldfish bowl". Image: Channel Ten
In addition to her two appearances on MasterChef, Poh has also hosted 2010's Poh's Kitchen and 2015's Poh & Co.
Last October, Poh closed her Adelaide café Jamface, instead focusing on the café's stall at the Adelaide Showground's Farmer's market each week.
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"There's something about running a full-on business that does jade you," she says. "One of the reasons I returned to my 'home' on MasterChef was to reignite my passion for cooking."
Poh's looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Jono Bennett, after the show. During filming, she flew home every weekend to spend time with the man she met when he was a production assistant on MasterChef in 2009.
"It's so weird to me that, because I'm sometimes on TV, there's this interest in my private life," Poh says. "We live a pretty low-key life."
MasterChef airs Monday, Tuesday and Sunday, 7.30pm on Channel 10
Poh married Jono Bennett (pictured), who she met on the set of MasterChef season one. Image: Getty

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