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MasterChef viewers furious over Laura's win on "The Poh Show"

MasterChef viewers furious over Laura's win on "The Poh Show"

MasterChef fans have erupted in a fit of rage after last night’s immunity challenge result, claiming Poh Ling Yeow was “robbed” by fellow South Aussie Laura Sharrad.

Many viewers called out the judges for favouritism and claimed Laura was handed the win purely because she hadn’t won immunity previously and it made for a good storyline.

It was tough competition, with judges Andy Allen, Jock Zonfrillo and Melissa Leong forced to pick between one “faultless” dish (Laura’s), and one extremely creative dish with a surprising result (Poh’s).

But those watching at home were not happy with the decision.

Given the task to cook with unknown ingredients, it was a random selection of bits and pieces for all three contestants; Callum Hann, Poh Ling Yeow and Laura Sharrad. 

But it was Poh who ended up with the most bizarre ingredients of all: Octopus, duck, persimmon, tarragon and yuzu.

But she pulled through as she served a delightful smoked duck breast with ocotopus and yuzu emulsion and charred persimmon but was trumped by Laura’s tasty-looking brown butter roasted Moreton Bay bugs with Jerusalem artichoke and watercress oil.

But while both dishes looked spectacular, viewers accused the judges of overlooking Poh’s creativity to reward Laura the pin simply because it was “her turn to win”.

In May, Poh spoke to Fitzy and Wippa, who asked: “How are you feeling with the promotion of yourself on the show, because every week you seem to be in the promo – it’s all focused around you?”

The contestant responded: “I would love to stay out of it a little bit more but I seem to keep getting myself into trouble.

“I know there’s been a few comments about, ‘Oh, it’s The Poh Show,’ but it’s because I keep doing well and then doing badly,” she said. “It means I’m in all the cooks.”

Poh, who finished runner-up in the first season of MasterChef back in 2009, has remained one of the show’s most popular contestants, and is a frontrunner for the Back to Win crown.