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MasterChef’s Poh Ling Yeow Opens Up on Her Relationship with Her Ex-Husbands

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MasterChef Australia judge Poh Ling Yeow may be best known for cooking up a storm both on and off-screen, but her personal relationships have long-fascinated fans as well.

At 50, Poh is twice divorced, but her attitude towards her lifestyle has always been one of acceptance and tranquillity.

WATCH: Fans queue up outside Poh Ling Yeow’s food stall in Adelaide

In fact, it seems she has managed to maintain excellent relationships with both of her ex-husbands, Jonathan Bennett and Matt Phipps, who both worked closely with her in the lead-up to and after their separations.

Here’s everything we know about Poh’s previous relationships.

Is Poh Ling Yeow married? 

It is believed that Poh Ling Yeow is currently single. 

Speaking to news.com.au in April 2024, Poh shared her perspective on relationships and marriage following her divorce from Jonathan Bennett.

“I think it’s very sensible to maintain a sense of individuality because so much of what is toxic about relationships is that merging [which is] often what we think is the right thing to do,” the MasterChef judge shared, adding, “We’re now in 2024. I feel like we can explore other models.” 

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Poh has managed to maintain strong relationships with her exes. (Credit: Getty)

Who was Poh Ling Yeow married to? 

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“Life is stranger than fiction.” (Credit: Getty)

Jonathan Bennett (2014-2021)

Poh met her second husband, Jonathan Bennett, on the set of MasterChef in 2009, where he was working as a production assistant.

The pair hit it off instantly but had to wait until after filming to begin dating. While Poh remained close to her ex-husband Matt and his partner Sarah, Jonathan admitted to a level of jealousy given that Poh and Matt were once married.

“It’s something we all had to work on essentially. I know it’s very human to be jealous, but it doesn’t make it right,” he told Woman’s Day during their relationship.

“There’s a lot of history [between Poh and Matt], so it’s not something that can be taken away. It’s not something that should be.

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Poh with Jonathan in 2019. (Credit: Instagram)

They tied the knot after six years together, and announced their separation six years later, in early 2021.

Again, Jonathan – referred to as Jono by Poh – continued to work closely with his ex.

“2021 is about doing the things I love and remembering who I am without another person,” Poh told The Weekend Australian in the wake of their breakup.

“Jono and I broke up … but [we] still work together and are the best of friends,” she confirmed.

“It’s been the most untraumatic breakup possible, and I’m single again after 12 years,” she reflected simply.

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Poh and Jonathan featured alongside ex-husband Matt Phipps and his new wife Sarah Rich for her 2015 series ‘Poh & Co.’ (Credit: SBS Australia)

Matt Phipps (1989-1999)

Poh married her first husband, Matt Phipps, in 1989. At the time, the pair were practising Mormons.

They separated after nine years together, after mounting pressure to become parents which came from both of their families.

“We broke up on really good terms. It was still really hard. Breakups are horrible,” Poh reflected in 2017 when she made a guest appearance on the podcast I Don’t Know How She Does It.

“No matter what, even now, I still have a little cry over it and it’s not because I wish we were still together or anything … but there’s something about two humans wanting to murder each other like that, that is so sad.

“When you torment each other, destroy each other. It’s still really sad.”

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Poh worked with her ex-husband on her business, Jamface. (Credit: Instagram)

Despite their very sad breakup, Matt moved on – very surprisingly – with Poh’s best friend, Sarah Rich, whom he eventually married. At the time, he was still involved with Poh’s business, Jamface.

“He’s my ex-husband. She’s my best friend. And when we broke up, they got together and it’s all dandy. It’s actually really good,” Poh confirmed on the podcast.

“Everyone tries to complicate it for us … From the outside in, they’re all like ‘love triangle!’ and I’m like ‘no!’ He’s like my brother now and I think … people are never interested in the backstory. They want everything to be sordid.”

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