She once described fame as being ‘quite full on at times’.
And on Tuesday, Poh Ling Yeow experienced the downside of being a public figure when she was mocked for her fashion sense during an episode of MasterChef.
The season one runner-up appeared as a guest mentor due to her extensive culinary experience, but it was her outfit that drew attention.
Style: She appeared alongside the judges wearing a white blouse with puffy sleeves paired with a thigh-skimming layered black skirt, which some viewers likened to a garbage bag
She wore a white blouse with puffy sleeves paired with a thigh-skimming layered black skirt, which some viewers likened to a garbage bag.
‘Sorry but Poh’s skirt just looks like a garbage bag,’ one viewer wrote on Twitter.
‘I know the show is sponsored by Coles, but seriously they didn’t need to use Coles bin liners for Poh’s skirt,’ another person tweeted.
A similar comment read: ‘Poh wearing a broken umbrella dress on tomorrow’s show. Much preferable to her specialty Croquembouche.’
She’s back! Poh (right) appeared as a guest mentor on Tuesday’s episode alongside the judges (L-R) Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston
Poh, who has enjoyed a successful career since appearing on MasterChef in 2009, previously told The Courier Mail that being in the spotlight can be difficult.
‘I’m actually an introvert, which a lot of people don’t know. A good part of me is very introverted – about 70 per cent, I’d say,’ she said.
‘So the whole fame thing has been quite full on at times. To be thrust into a world where everyone has a say in what you do, where you’re constantly surrounded by people… it’s a culture shock.’
New look! In May, she made headlines when she returned to the show with a dramatic new hairstyle. Pictured left in 2012 and right last month
In May, she made headlines when she returned to the show with a dramatic new hairstyle.
The TV host swapped her luscious long locks for a blunt bob, which garnered an overwhelmingly positive response on social media at the time.
The Malaysian-born artist began her career as a painter and part-time actress before appearing on MasterChef, where she placed runner-up alongside winner Julie Goodwin in 2009.
The following year, her very own ABC cooking show Poh’s Kitchen aired and was later nominated for a Logie in the category of Most Popular New Female Talent.
She also previously hosted a show on SBS called Poh & Co. and has written various cooking books.
Rise to fame: The Malaysian-born artist began her career as a painter and part-time actress before appearing on MasterChef, where she placed runner-up alongside winner Julie Goodwin (left) in 2009