George can't cook, but he's delicious

George can't cook, but he's delicious

In the age of social media, some things are still better left to good old-fashioned chance.

Student Ng Zhengning, 21, has been a big fan of Singapore-based Chinese-Greek actor-host George Young since 2011.

Then, he appeared on local TV hosting the game show series Million Dollar Money Drop: Singapore Edition.

Miss Ng turned to Instagram in the hopes of meeting the heart-throb in the flesh some day.

But whenever Young, 33, would post a picture of his whereabouts here, she could never catch him in time.

Last Sunday, fate finally intervened.

Miss Ng's friend had asked her out for lunch at PasarBella@The Grandstand where Young, incidentally, was a featured celebrity chef for StarHub's Hubalicious public food event alongside culinary stars Eric Lanlard and Willin Low.

Not only did Miss Ng finally get to meet Young in person, she took a picture with him and even got to taste the wagyu beef sandwich he made.

Miss Ng, who studies at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), told The New Paper: "The most amazing thing was I had no idea that George was going to be here.

"It's a dream come true for me and I think he looks even better in person than he does on TV.

"I'm glad to find out that he's so bubbly and friendly.

"The beef that he cooked is very good. It tastes very tender and juicy."

A spokesman for female-centric entertainment and lifestyle cable channel Diva Universal said that even although he is hardly considered a pro chef, Young was chosen for Hubalicious because his episodes on its cooking series Hot Guys Who Cook garnered some of the highest ratings for both seasons of the show.

On meeting ardent supporters like Miss Ng, Young said: "It's so great to see people turn up, take the time and come to these events.

"These events are fun anyway, but it takes effort and anyone who's willing to make the effort, I am so flattered."

When his hour-long cooking demonstration started at around 2.20pm, Young looked slightly nervous when faced with the premium cuts of wagyu beef from James' Butchery & Co.

James Goodenough, the owner of the butchery, was on hand to guide Young through the cooking process.

Young cracked everyone up when he admitted that he wasn't a whiz in the kitchen.

He said that he was, in fact, the guy who helps to wash up after a meal.

He joked: "Just call me and I'll wash your dishes for you."

But that hasn't stopped him from trying to acquire more culinary skills.

Said Young: "When it comes to cooking, don't be afraid of failure and get your partner involved in it - it would be fun.

"I like girls who aren't frightened of making a fool out of themselves in the kitchen because I'm like that also."

Of course, no one can whip up a dish like mum.

Young said that when he returns to England for Christmas, he is looking forward to tucking into her homemade turkey.

Young, who was born in London to a Malaysian-Chinese father and a Greek mother, relocated here in 2011 for a shot in the Asian entertainment industry.

He has since starred in the Channel 5 law drama The Pupil (2011) and in the Channel 8 dramas Yours Fatefully and Joys Of Life last year.

Young did not charm only the young women at Hubalicious as he handed out about 20 portions of his wagyu beef sandwich for everyone to try.

Housewife Jo Ho, 56, who tasted one and also took a picture with him, was bowled over by his good looks.

She said cheekily: "Am I a fan? You can say so, from today onwards.

"George is a very nice man and (even though he claims he can't), he cooks very well."

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