Poh was a ticking time bomb this entire season, which finally went off last night.
On the Masterchef: Back To Win episode, we finally saw Poh irreparably crumble, and is Masterchef really Masterchef without her?
Making half-parsley half truffle brown butter and lemon culurgiones (try say that three times rapidly) were her downfall despite sounding delicious.
Consistently this season we’ve seen Poh’s emotions get in the way of her excellent execution, blustering through challenges not being able to make up her mind on what to cook, how to cook, whether to cook?
“I’m just so frustrated with my own personality sometimes. Like, I just get really obsessive when I get things wrong. And I just couldn’t get it up. I just, like, didn’t do what I wanted to do,” she said on the show.
Her elimination was an emotional one with judge Melissa Leong calling her a ‘National Treasure’!
Callum had some amazing words to say which I feel encapsulate what a figure Poh has become “I think when people around this country would think of the word MasterChef, you’re probably the image that gets conjured up in their mind, for all the wonderful things we love about you.”
The fans are devastated online, taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Hard to put into words what Poh even being on TV meant to me – this part Chinese-Malaysian kid, growing up in a sea of white – and so many other Asian-Australians.
What an absolute icon of Australian food. Gonna eat a goddamn century egg this week in her honour.#MasterChefAU
— Benjamin Law 羅旭能 (@mrbenjaminlaw) July 5, 2020
You could literally give Poh an hour to make instant noodles and she’d been like ‘so I have 4 minutes to go and I realise my kettle wasn’t on this whole time and I’ve set the flavour sachet on fire. On the bright side I decided to add four lobsters and a dessert’ #MasterChefAU
— Lan (@thatslantastic) June 29, 2020
For all Poh’s eccentric ways, there’s no denying her sheer skill as a chef. Her chaos was always matched with creativity; her turbulent timing nothing on her tenacity. Let’s not forget she’s almost 50. She even left with a smile & humility. National treasure indeed. #MasterChefAU pic.twitter.com/RVGbqFWCrq
— Sahar Adatia (@sahar_adatia) July 5, 2020
Melissa nails it. Poh is all heart and soul. She inspires me to go into the kitchen, to take risks, have fun, be proud of my heritage and pour all my love into my food. I’ve always loved her, and now I love her even more #MasterChefAU pic.twitter.com/dS2b7bZmG9
— Fiza Zali (@fizawanders) July 5, 2020