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EXCLUSIVE: MasterChef judge Melissa Leong explains why she eloped with her husband after dating for three months

When you know, you know!

By TV Week team
She's the MasterChef judge who knows exactly what she wants from the kitchen contenders – and in her personal life too it seems!
Melissa Leong tells TV WEEK that when she met her husband, bar owner Joe Jones, three years ago, the pair not only got engaged after just three months together – they tied the knot just two months later!
"When you know you know," laughs Melissa, 40.
"I first met him briefly at his bar in Melbourne Romeo Lane," she recalls.
"Then we met again properly about 18 months later at a function. We started talking there and we've just not ever ceased since really. It's pretty cool."
Mel and Joe hit it off immediately. (Instagram)
Melissa explains that after mutually deciding to get engaged three months into their relationship, they decided to get on with the nuptials pronto too.
"I planned our elopement in between takes while filming another TV show [SBS's The Chef's Line]," Melissa says.
"When that wrapped, we went to Joshua Tree in California and eloped. It was all very fun."
Since then the couple have welcomed their adorable cat Ghost to the family – and Melissa adds, they are all very happy together as a family of three.
"Everything's so good as it is," Melissa smiles. "I'm really happy."
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