Everything About Reynold Poernomo From Masterchef Australia

Photo: smudgeeats.com, Behind the Scenes with: Reynold Poernomo

Reynold Poernomo was a delight in the 7th season of Masterchef Australia in 2015. Although he didn’t win the title he still remains as one of the most appreciated alumni. The show earned him the title of ‘king of desserts”. Recently Reynold Poernomo has announced his return to Masterchef and this time he wants to prove that he could do more than just desserts. Additionally, he is competing along with some of the famous chefs such as Poh Ling Yeow, Reece Hignell, Ben Ungermann, and many more. 

Once we start watching a person in a reality show we tend to judge how their lives might look. But these perceptions are mostly wrong and misunderstood. Similar is the case of Masterchef’s Reynold Poernomo. Hardly any of us know that he has given a ted talk as well. The young chef has achieved so much more outside the show and we shouldn’t let it go unnoticed.

How was Poernomo’s Childhood?

Reynold Poernomo was born on December 4, 1993, in Surabaya, Indonesia. Their family moved to Austalia when he was about 6 years old. His mother’s name is Ike Malada and he has two siblings. The migrated family definitely didn’t have an easy time growing up in Australia. However, now they have their own restaurant business and are doing more than fine.


Reynold Poernomo with his brothers
Photo: hunterandbligh, Poernomo Brother

His brothers Ronald, Arnold Poernomo work in their family-owned restaurant as well. Arnold is a chef as well and helps in the kitchen. However, Ronald worked in digital marketing before that and now looks after creative cocktail creations in the bar.

How did he start his career as a chef?

Reynold said in his ted talk that his interest in cooking had begun very early in his life. As a kid, he would read other chef’s cookbooks from all around the world. He would try to make them unique with his own modification. As Masterchef started airing on TV, Reynold Poernomo watched it and made his own recipes at home.

As a result, when he entered the competition in 2015, he managed to impress us all with his skills. Even if he didn’t win the title, he was invited back to the show as a special guest. After he finished the competition he opened KOI Dessert Bar with his own two brothers.

Reynold Poernomo
Photo: POPSUGAR Australia

At present, their business has seen so much success that it has expanded into multiple ventures. At present they have three main branches, KOI Dessert Kitchen, Monkey’s Corner, and TiNi Artisan Bakehouse.

All the lead him towards a successful career in the cooking business. Later in 2017, he was also listed under Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30. He was invited as a guest judge on Masterchef Indonesia and also became a finalist on Gault & Millau Pastry, Chef of the Year awards.

Now, he is returning to Masterchef Australia for its 2020 series and he’s planning on giving it his all. Reynold Poernomo said that he wants to prove that he can make more than just desserts. He said to Daily Telegraph:

‘People have always just recognized me as the dessert guy… I want to prove I can do more than just that,’. And now since he also has a business he said, ‘I’ve got my business’s name to uphold and my family’s name to make sure they are proud of me,’.

Reynold Poernomo Girlfriend: Chelia Dinata

Reynold Poernomo has had a girlfriend for a long time now and her name is Chelia Dinata. He has been showing his long time lover off on Instagram since forever.


To be husband-wife goes on lovely vacations around the world. The most frequent visits by them are to Singapore. However, their travel list is long and has been to many countries including France, Italy, and England, Singapore. They also travel to Indonesia, Bali, where Chelia is now based.

Reynold Poernomo Girlfriend
Reynold Poernomo with his girlfriend on valentine’s day
Source: dailymail

In 2019 Reynold surprised Chelia with a Valentine’s Day trip to Singapore. Additionally, the couple also went sightseeing while in the country, and dined in glamorous five-star restaurants. Most of their travel photos are Lavish and luxurious. The couple isn’t afraid of showing off their relationship as well as their wealth to the world.

Reynold Poernomo’s Instagram account:

His official Instagram account is @reynoldpoer. At present, he stands at 397k followers and it’s only bound to go up in the future. Reynold Poernomo’s Instagram accounts are full of his own recipes and desserts. And if it’s not either of those, it’s probably his girlfriend @cheliadinata.


The chef has recently posted a few snaps from his most recent Masterchef competition. If you love food and recipes, you should follow him on Instagram to learn more.

Reynold Poernomo Net Worth

The 27-year-old chef has been listed under Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017. Although the actual amount of his wealth is not disclosed it should be anywhere between $1 Million – $5 Million. In addition, he is currently competing in the season 12 of MasterChef Australia and will add $250,000 to his current net worth if he manages to win the show.

Reynold Poernomo with his brothers and mom
Reynold Poernomo with his brothers and mom

He owns three different restaurants with his brothers. The KOI Dessert Kitchen in Ryde and Monkey’s Corner cocktail bar in Chippendale and the pop-up bakery TiNi Artisan Bakehouse are his own restaurants.

He makes most of his earnings from these businesses and lives a luxurious life with his 24-year-old girlfriend. Reynold Poernomo enjoys his own recipes and is planning to show his skill on this year’s Masterchef.