MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) Is "MasterChef Pinoy Edition" judge JP "Jayps" Anglo the newest inspiration of host-actress Kris Aquino?
Last Thursday, Aquino shared to her Twitter followers that there is someone who is making her blush these days -- but denied that it's Brazilian model-actor Daniel Matsunaga, who is being constantly teased with her.
|"MasterChef Pinoy Edition" judge JP "Jayps" Anglo and host-actress Kris Aquino. Composite photo
Then on Sunday, during a live interview on "The Buzz," Aquino excitedly told good friend Boy Abunda, "Tatlo ang nagpapakilig sa akin."
She then teased viewers by saying one of them will be her guest on "KrisTV" the following day.
On Monday, Aquino's morning show featured guest co-host Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, who is currently in a relationship with actress Heart Evangelista; Chef Dino Dizon, who admitted on the show that he has a girlfriend; director Lino Cayetano; and Anglo.
Who is Chef Jayps?
Joseph Patrick Anglo is the chef-owner of Mai Po Chinese Restaurant and Mu Shu Asian Restaurant and Lounge in Bacolod City.
He obtained a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Technology Management from the Center of Culinary Arts in Manila and also in Australia, where he earned three certificates in commercial cookery from Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney and another certificate in hospitality management at TAFE Ultimo, a school for technical and further education also in Sydney.
For the past years, Anglo has been jetting to Singapore for his do-it-yourself food safari tours.
It was Anglo's second time to guest on "KrisTV," after appearing on the show's January 11, 2013 episode, where he prepared arroz caldo and champorado.
Even then, the studio audience couldn't help but notice sparks between Anglo and Aquino, who even praised the chef for his "beautiful eyes."
She even joked, "After James, Jayps naman," while Anglo admitted that he was being distracted.
Aquino also asked if the chef was single. And when he said yes, she asked, "What's your size?" when she meant to say, "What's your sign?"
However, she found out that they are not astrologically compatible.
Flowers for you
Two weeks later, Anglo was back on "KrisTV." On Monday, he prepared an omelette with longganisa and kesong puti.
While cooking, the chef was obviously distracted and even failed to make a perfect omelette.
"Yan ang epekto natin, pressure," Aquino told him.
After cooking his special breakfast dish, Anglo then gave Aquino flowers for her studio kitchen, which came with a letter.
Pressed by Escudero to read the letter aloud, Aquino refused.
"Nakikialam. Kain ka na lang," Aquino told Escudero.
Netizens were abuzz during the episode as they tried to guess the identity of Aquino's secret crush. While there were some who believe it is Cayetano, most agree that Anglo is the one.
Twitter user Maria Kareen Rosana tweeted: "Waaahhhh hahahah!!! Hula ko si Chef Jayps 'yun! Hahahah ..'Wow effort si chef! May bulaklak! Sweeeeeettt!"
Twitter user Chi chai said: "Watching 'KrisTV.' Kinikilig ako kay Kris and kay Chef J. Yeeeee!"
Twitter user Ella said: "Talagang puro bloopers si Chef Jayps today sa 'KrisTV'! Effect ni Ms. Kris hahaha... natense! hangkyut!"
Twitter user Axel Ross Llabore even christened the new tandem: "Kakakilig naman silang dalawa Kris Aquino + Chef Jayps = Kryps."
Entertainment columnist Ogie Diaz asked Aquino via Twitter if her crush is indeed Anglo.
"Naku pare... Hehehe. See u later," Aquino replied to Diaz.
Later in the day, Anglo thanked Aquino via Twitter for guesting him on her show. "Thanks 'KrisTV' for having us over for breakfast earlier. Thank god that omelette got saved & masarap," he said.
Aquino, who had been rather quiet on the micro-blogging site earlier Monday, thanked the chef for his gifts. "Thanks for the effort chef! Thank you for the flowers & the pasalubong - but my biggest thank you is for the lechon kawali. Excited to get home & eat. See you Thursday! "
Aquino and Anglo further exchanged tweets about cooking.
In her interview with "The Buzz," Aquino was visibly thrilled about her new crush.
"Text text lang muna. Hindi masama 'yon, normal at natural ang kiligin araw araw," she told Abunda. "Hayaan mo na Boy. Ang tagal-tagal ng hindi nararamdaman ito eh."
"Aminin naman natin, kahit sinasabi ko na okay na ako at maligaya na kami ng mga anak ko, siyempre naman at the end of the day, especially when Bimby gets married, I want a partner. It’s not wrong to wish for that. Hindi naman masama na mag-pray for a happily ever after," she said.