MasterChef Australia Season 9 Guest Judge, Reynold Poernomo’s Wiki

Reynold Poernomo
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Guess who is going to be the guest chef on MasterChef Australia’s season 9 episode 18 tonight? None other than Reynold Poernomo, MasterChef Australia’s Dessert King. MasterChef isn’t just about participants winning the title; it’s about them making their mark and embarking on a career in the food industry.

Although Poernomo didn’t emerge as the MasterChef Australia season 7 winner, he procured the magnificent Dessert King title. Tonight, the chef and former MasterChef contestant will be returning as a MasterChef Australia season 9 guest chef. Until then, you can take a look at Reynold Poernomo’s wiki.

Reynold Poernomo Wiki 

Reynold Poernomo was born in Indonesia and raised in Sydney. His brother, Arnold, was a judge on MasterChef Indonesia and MasterChef Junior.

Although his parents are in the restaurant business, they didn’t want him to be a chef. So, he had to study nutrition instead. His mother is a certified trainer in commercial cookery.

When he visits his home city, Surabaya, Indonesia, he loves to eat burung dara (pigeon), ayam goreng (Indonesian fried chicken), kikil kambing (spiced braised goat knuckle soup),  and bakso (beef ball soup).

He owns KOI Dessert Bar in Sydney. Poernomo’s mixture of flavors and textures, as well as his experimentation techniques, makes his dessert bar stand out. He uses vegetables and different herbs in his desserts. Some dishes at KOI include cauliflower ice cream served with lavender honeycomb and avocado mousse with coffee and chocolate.

Poernomo has also opened KOI Dessert Kitchen, which is a cooking school and eat-in cafe and takeout in Ryde. KOI stands for kids of Ike, which is his mother’s name.

Reynold Poernomo’s MasterChef Journey

In MasterChef Australia season 7, Poernomo always tried to secure a place in the top five. In one of the MasterChef episodes, he won the Invention Test challenge and the Power Apron.

He volunteered for the Blue Team in the Team Challenge and won against the Red Team. The judges consistently praised him for his desserts.

Poernomo was also invited back as a MasterChef Australia season 8 guest chef for the Pressure Test, and the contestants had to recreate Poernomo’s dessert called Moss.

So, where is Reynold Poernomo now? He and his brother are currently working on opening a bar called Monkey’s Corner. The MasterChef Australia season 7 contestant says MasterChef changed his life and set him on the right path.

If given an opportunity, Reynold Poernomo would love to be a permanent judge on the show to share his knowledge with the contestants and try their delicious food creations. He wants to teach people various methods and techniques, as well as the research process required to create desserts.



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