Melissa Leong cuddles up to boyfriend Rob Mason at The Melbourne Cup


Melissa Leong announced her split from husband Joe Jones in December, after almost four years of marriage.

But it seems the MasterChef judge has well and truly moved on, as she debuted her relationship with new boyfriend Rob Mason on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old food critic was all smiles as she attended the Melbourne Cup alongside the handsome cosmetics entrepreneur. 

So in love: MasterChef judge Melissa Leong has well and truly moved on from her ex-husband Joe Jones, as she debuted her relationship with Rob Mason at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

So in love: MasterChef judge Melissa Leong has well and truly moved on from her ex-husband Joe Jones, as she debuted her relationship with Rob Mason at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday

Posting to Instagram after the event, Melissa shared a black and white image of the couple, captioning it: ‘A stellar spring day with @RobMason.’

In the photo, Rob is seen planting a kiss on the smitten star’s cheek. 

She turned heads at Flemington Racecourse in a unique black strapless dress with neon pink puffball sleeves.

Looking good! She turned heads at Flemington in a unique black strapless dress with neon pink puffball sleeves, and accessorised with a matching black and pink snakeskin headband

Looking good! She turned heads at Flemington in a unique black strapless dress with neon pink puffball sleeves, and accessorised with a matching black and pink snakeskin headband

Melissa accessorised with a matching black and pink snakeskin headband, mint green strappy sandals and a Bvlgari Serpenti shoulder bag. 

Rob is the owner of Morris Motley, a men’s haircare and fragrance company. 

She went Instagram official with Rob earlier this month, with the pair lying side by side for cosy photographs. 

New romance: Rob is the owner of Morris Motley, a men's haircare and fragrance company

New romance: Rob is the owner of Morris Motley, a men’s haircare and fragrance company

‘This is us,’ she wrote in the caption, and also shared another black and white photo of Rob the same day, writing: ‘Luckiest girl in the world.’ 

Rob shared the same photos of the pair, simply tagging Melissa in his caption. 

The couple have been spending time together over the past two months, with Melissa first featured on Rob’s Instagram in August. 

Sweet: The 39-year-old TV star went Instagram official with Rob earlier this month, with the pair lying side by side for cosy photographs

Sweet: The 39-year-old TV star went Instagram official with Rob earlier this month, with the pair lying side by side for cosy photographs

Sweet: 'This is us,' she wrote in the caption, and also shared another black and white photo of Rob the same day, writing: 'Luckiest girl in the world'

Sweet: ‘This is us,’ she wrote in the caption, and also shared another black and white photo of Rob the same day, writing: ‘Luckiest girl in the world’

In a black and white image, Melissa is shown cooking Rob a tasty meal, with his caption reading: ‘‘Twas phenomenal’. 

Rob also posted an image of Melissa sniffing perfumes from his brand in mid September. 

The father of three young daughters produces high-end artisanal cosmetics for men at his Melbourne-based company. 

Time: The couple have been spending time together over the past two months, with Melissa first featured on Rob's Instagram in August

Time: The couple have been spending time together over the past two months, with Melissa first featured on Rob’s Instagram in August

Foodie: In a black and white image, Melissa is shown cooking Rob a tasty meal, with his caption reading: '‘Twas phenomenal'

Foodie: In a black and white image, Melissa is shown cooking Rob a tasty meal, with his caption reading: ‘‘Twas phenomenal’

In December 2020, Melissa announced her split from former husband Joe Jones.

‘It has brought us such happiness to walk together, but the time has come for Joe and I to part ways and walk on, apart,’ she said at the time.  

‘We ask for your kindness and consideration for our privacy, we will not be making any further comment as our private lives have, and will always remain exactly that.⁣⁣ 

Smells good: Rob also posted an image of Melissa sniffing perfumes from his brand in mid September

Smells good: Rob also posted an image of Melissa sniffing perfumes from his brand in mid September

Entrepreneur: The father of three young daughters produces high-end artisanal cosmetics for men at his Melbourne-based company

Entrepreneur: The father of three young daughters produces high-end artisanal cosmetics for men at his Melbourne-based company

‘We wish you peace at the end of such a challenging year for all.’ 

In June of 2020, Melissa revealed she married the tattooed bar owner hunk in February 2017 after dating for only five months, because ‘when you know, you know’.

‘I first met him briefly at his bar in Melbourne, Romeo Lane,’ Melissa told TV Week at the time. 

Split: In December 2020, Melissa announced her split from former husband Joe Jones (right)

 Split: In December 2020, Melissa announced her split from former husband Joe Jones (right)

‘Then we met again properly about 18 months later at a function. We started talking there and we’ve just not ever ceased since really. It’s pretty cool.’

The pair dated for just three months when they decided to get engaged. They then eloped after Melissa filmed SBS’s The Chef’s Line, just two months later. 

‘When that wrapped, we went to Joshua Tree in California and eloped. It was all very fun,’ the foodie-turned-TV judge said. 

Then: In June of 2020, Melissa revealed she married the tattooed bar owner hunk in February 2017 after dating for only five months, because 'when you know, you know'

Then: In June of 2020, Melissa revealed she married the tattooed bar owner hunk in February 2017 after dating for only five months, because ‘when you know, you know’

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