By Jess Bell For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 03:54 BST, 11 October 2019 | Updated: 04:03 BST, 11 October 2019
She's just been announced as one of the new MasterChef judges.
But Melissa Leong has already been forced to hit back at online Trolls, 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
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.'