Former MasterChef judge Melissa Leong has revealed she has another passion besides good food.
The 41-year-old star of channel 10s new lifestyle show Desert Masters says she is a dedicated fan of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Describing the brutal mixed martial arts sport as an ‘obsession’, Melissa said she was impressed by the ‘incredible sportsmanship’.
‘It’s just like MasterChef,’ she said in an interview about ‘guilty pleasures’ with ABC Everyday.
She continued: ‘Everybody’s competing against one another and you don’t know what the other person’s going to bring out, so you need to bring your best, but also interpret on the fly. I love it, I really love it.’
Former MasterChef judge Melissa Leong, 41, (pictured) has revealed she has a surprising passion for the brutal mixed martial arts sport of Ultimate Fighting Championship
Melissa, who has shared her passion for the sport on her social media, said she was introduced to UFC by close friends.
She also said that some viewers might her find her interest in the sport ‘incongruous’.
Elsewhere in the chat, the fan favourite recommended a special desert for UFC TV fans, suggesting something that has a bitter or salty edge.
In an interview ABC Everyday Melissa compared UFC to MasterChef. Pictured: Melissa posted this picture of herself at the UFC tournament in Sydney in September
‘Maybe a salted caramel gelato sundae — with something crunchy on top.’
It comes after Melissa made a high profile exit from MasterChef Australia, earlier this year to co-host Channel 10s Desert Masters.
Now a judge on the show alongside renowned pastry chef Amaury Guichon, the popular foodie has retained her fanbase, and is winning new support.
Melissa, who has shared her passion for the sport on her social media, said she was introduced to UFC by close friends
The food critic and TV personality addressed whispers of a feud between herself and fellow judges Andy Allen and the late Jock Zonfrillo during a candid chat with Daily Mail Australia in The Birdcage at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday.
‘This is not my first rodeo,’ Leong declared, shrugging off the speculative stories as par for the course in the high-stakes world of reality TV.
When pressed about friction on the MasterChef set, Leong said, ‘I have nothing but love and respect for not only Andy but everybody I’ve worked with.’
Melissa’s new Channel 10 show Desert Masters with co-judge Amaury Guichon debuted on Sunday and is proving to be a hit with viewers already (both pictured)