Things are heating up for former Masterchef contestant Philip Vakos, and not just in the kitchen. The chef has just been nominated for Cleo’s Most Eligible Bachelor 2011.
The 28 year-old told Neos Kosmos the nomination came as a bit of a surprise. “It’s really cool; I’ve been posting the link on my facebook and everyone’s been really supportive,” Vakos says. No stranger to being spotted on the street, Vakos says it’s amazing how quickly people have started to recognise him, especially since the magazine just came out this week.
“People still recognise me from Masterchef, and because of Melbourne’s big Greek population a lot of the Greeks supported me when I was on the show,” he says. Vakos, who is the only nominee representing Tasmania, has now been living in Melbourne for four months, where he works as a chef at Philhellene restaurant in Moonee Ponds. “I like it here, it’s a bit of a change and it’s becoming home,” he says.
The Aquarius, who is single, says he’s always on the lookout for love. “I am always looking for someone but you have to wait until you find the right person,” Vakos says. As for if he’s in with a good chance to take out the title of Cleo’s Most Eligible Bachelor? “I don’t want to be cocky, but I think being able to cook might push me a few places up the ladder; it’s a good trait to have,” he says.
Voting for Cleo’s Most Eligible Bachelor 2011 runs until the end of the month, so get online and vote for Philip at http://www.cleo.com.au/bachelor2011 As for all the ladies out there interested in sampling some of Vakos’ wares, and we mean this in a strictly culinary sense, get yourself to Philhellene restaurant for a girls-only dinner on April 12. The evening is in association with the Pan-Cretan Association and Vakos will be designing a special menu for the occasion.
For inquiries call Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine on (03) 9370 3303.