Judy Ann Santos hosts 'Junior Master Chef'

By Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 09 2011 06:31 PM | Updated as of May 10 2011 04:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Judy Ann Santos is whipping up something exciting and new as the host of the upcoming ABS-CBN show “Junior Master Chef.”

The award winning actress is taking a crack at hosting on television for the first time, which is a far cry from her usual roles as lead actress in teleseryes.

The veteran actress said she was nervous about her new assignment so she asked her husband, TV host Ryan Agoncillo, to give her a few pointers.

The couple recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary among close family and friends. The two are also looking forward to celebrating Juday's upcoming birthday on May 11.

Juday said her birthday celebration will be simple and private. She said she cannot ask for more in her roles as mother, wife and career woman.

When asked if she is open to having her children enter the industry, Juday still stays firm on postponing any such decision.

She said she would like her children to have a normal childhood as much as possible. She also feared that the pressures and intrigues in show business might take a toll on her kids.

She cited the recent rumor linking Juday's best friend, actress Beth Tamayo, to the recent execution of 3 convicted Filipino drug mules in China.

The actress defended her friend and asked the public to be careful when circulating such rumors.

Tamayo was recently suspected to be one of the 3 executed Filipinos as the actress has been away from the limelight.

Juday said Tamayo merely laughed off the rumors in recent conversations.

She assured the public that Tamayo is alive and well and has no plan to return to the country anytime soon.

Juday's “Junior Master Chef' is slated for its TV debut in upcoming months. She is also doing an upcoming movie with award winning actor Coco Martin before the end of the year.