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20/07/2020 12:09 PM AEST | Updated 21/07/2020 1:32 PM AEST

MasterChef Australia's Reynold Poernomo 'Doesn't Know' When He Will Reunite With Girlfriend Overseas

“I Facetime her every single day," he said about his long-distance relationship with Chelia Dinata.

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‘MasterChef Australia: Back To Win’ semi-finalist Reynold Poernomo has had a strong support network around him this season, with one person in particular lifting him up every day. 

The 26-year-old said he’s been speaking daily to his girlfriend Chelia Dinata who lives in Bali, and counting down till COVID-19 travel restrictions cease so they can reunite. 

“I really cant wait to see her again,” Reynold told HuffPost Australia on Monday.

“I don’t know when. Hopefully it’s not next year, but even so, we’re happy to wait.”

Crediting his girlfriend of two years for being “very supportive” as he competed on the cooking show, Reynold said the couple’s relationship has been stronger than ever despite the physical distance. 

“I Facetime her every single day,” he said. 

Reynold has been dating Bachelor of Commerce graduate Chelia for around two years. She is also a lifestyle influencer and works at a local Indonesian cookie business called By Chhino.

Reality star Reynold has previously spoken about Chelia helping him reconnect with his mother tongue after he lost touch with it when he moved to Australia from Indonesia with his family at age four. 

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'MasterChef Australia: Back To Win' contestant Reynold Poernomo and girlfriend Chelia Dinata

“The reason why I don’t tend to speak in Bahasa much or have denied that I can speak Bahasa is because I’m still learning,” he explained in the caption of a YouTube video he shared last year.

“I moved into Australia when I was 4 yrs old and stopped speaking and English became my primary language and still is.

“Since I’ve met my girlfriend Chelia, I’ve been able to speak in Bahasa again although am still learning. It’s just easier to say that I can’t speak in Bahasa than to try and process the conversation and only understanding half of it.”

Reynold became a household name on Australian TV and was dubbed the ‘Dessert King’ after appearing in season seven of ‘MasterChef Australia’ in 2015. 

On Sunday night he competed in the semi-final against Laura Sharrad and Emelia Jackson, however couldn’t quite impress judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo enough to stay in the competition.

The ‘MasterChef Australia: Back To Win’ grand finale airs tonight at 7:30pm on Channel 10.