Poh Ling Yeow

Motivational, Business, Lifestyle | Food & Wine

Poh Ling Yeow was born in Malaysia in 1973, spending the first nine years of her life in Kuala Lumpur. Her family then migrated to South Australia where she now lives and works.

After completing a Bachelor of Design specialising in illustration at the University of South Australia, Poh freelanced as a graphic designer and illustrator and then began painting full-time in 2002. She has over twenty highly successful exhibitions under her belt, nine of these solo exhibitions and her list of clients boasts a number of major corporate collectors.

Whilst pursuing a career in the arts, Poh found her interest in food intensifying to a point where a friend suggested she enter “MasterChef”, she saw a rare window of opportunity. Always thinking outside the square with her artistic sensibilities and paying homage to the traditional cooking she grew up with, Poh fast became one of the most popular contestants. And so it was in July of 2009 that the first ever “MasterChef” series, watched by over 4 million Australians, came to a nail biting end with Poh securing 1st Runner Up.

With barely a moment to catch her breath after the “MasterChef” finale Poh was approached by the ABC to present her own cooking show, now known as “Poh’s Kitchen” and soon after another dream came true when she signed a two book deal with Harper Collins to publish her own cookbooks. The first of which, also named “Poh’s Kitchen”, published in November 2010 and sat at the top of the bestsellers list for a stunning 6 weeks.

Poh continues to focus on her art, recently exhibiting in Sydney, while steadily working toward the launch of the first product under her Jamface label. Currently she is compiling her second cookbook for Harper Collins due for release on Mothers Day 2014.


"Poh brings a natural curiosity, a warm, an honesty and a terrific sense of humour to the screen. She will share her unique, innovative and very exiting approach to food and I’m sure will continue to surprise us"
Jennifer Collins, ABC

"Poh was an absolute delight to work with and very well received by the public.  Early figures have shown a 20% increase in our festival number which predominately can be attributed to the extra publicity having someone like Poh brings to the festival.  Poh really appreciated and got what a little country festival is all about and really helped up celebrate the passion of our local farms and the amazing produce that they produce.  Coupling this with the art side of our festival and Poh fitted the purpose like a glove."
Vivienne McCollum - Hampton Food & Arts Festival