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New MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong slams racist as she reveals she cops a 'daily onslaught' of vile sexist abuse and Asian fetishistic comments

By Jess Bell For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:54 BST, 11 October 2019 | Updated: 04:03 BST, 11 October 2019

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She's just been announced as one of the new MasterChef judges.

But Melissa Leong has already been forced to hit back at online , revealing the daily struggle she faces because of vile racist comments.

The 37-year-old food and travel writer, who is set to take part in next year's series, says she's not afraid to call out sexist behaviour.

New faces: Former MasterChef winner Andy Allen, food writer Melissa Leong and Scottish-born restaurateur Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) are the new judges on MasterChef Australia

New faces: Former MasterChef winner Andy Allen, food writer Melissa Leong and Scottish-born restaurateur Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) are the new judges on MasterChef Australia

As a first generation Singaporean Australian, Melissa grew up in southern Sydney but says she's often questioned about her Asian heritage.

Speaking to HuffPost Australia, Melissa said: 'As a woman of Asian origin, it’s a daily onslaught of fetishistic comments from strangers about your appearance and sexuality, and if I’m asked, ‘But where are you really from?’ one more time, I might explode.

'When you’re outgoing and you’re Asian and you’re a female, people go, "Oh that’s awesome, I’ve totally got yellow fever". Well that’s really disgusting.' 

Insta-worthy: Melissa (pictured) is already hitting back at online trolls, revealing the daily struggle she faces because of vile racist comments

Insta-worthy: Melissa (pictured) is already hitting back at online , revealing the daily struggle she faces because

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