If the way to your heart is through your stomach, this chef, blogger, and model could definitely win you over. Gerick Manalo may have enjoyed being a flight attendant for some time, only to turn to his first love—cooking. Armed with a degree in Culinary Arts, he worked in different hotels in the city and later started a YouTube channel dubbed as “Quickie with Chef G.” On that web series, he shares his recipes with a hint of sexiness and comedy. Off the 'Tube, this hottie uses his knowledge in food and business know-how in helping his mom at their Filipino restaurant in Isabela!
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On a scale of 1-10, how much of a geek are you?
"I never failed a class before, but I'm just positioning myself in that average type of guy."
How about the geek side?
"I don't really read a lot. Medyo visual kasi ako. I appreciate more the things that are moving, rather than reading."
What sparked your interest in the particular field you are in right now?
"The biggest influence that I had was my mom. She never had a formal education in culinary. So sabi niya sa'kin, ako na lang mag-aral, since we do have a restaurant. I'm originally from Isabela."
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What's your restaurant?
"It's a Filipino seafood restaurant. Kasi in our province, we don't have a nearby body of water. So, people are really excited for seafood. It's an agricultural land."
Do you have other chefs that you look up to?
"I guess si Chef Massimo Bottura. He's an Italian chef. Michelin Star chef siya. So I'm really looking up to him. Right now kasi, what I do is I get invited to different schools to give a talk about culinary arts, modern cuisine, food photography, plating, and everything. And whenever I see students who understand what I do, naa-appreciate ko talaga siya. It's really fulfilling na makita."
How do you use your smarts to your advantage, career-wise?
"For me, it's really important when a chef knows what he's talking about, especially the technical side of cooking. Not just by experience, but also by theoreticals. It's really suggestive if you want to cook, you understand what you're doing, rather than just cooking by experience. You have to know the science behind it."
What's your favorite book and why?
"Cook books kasi hindi ako masyado nagbabasa. I'm really, really eager to learn. In the cooking industry, it never stops. Learning really never stops. If there's a new trend or fad, I'd really research about it on the Internet, not just on the books. My favorites are the Professional Cooking 1, 2, 3."
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Name your favorite movie!
"It's a Disney movie, Inside Out. I like how the director projected the story when he's projecting the mind of a kid, how she thinks, how she acts, and the reason behind every depression, and everything. It really manifests the reality kung paano nag-a-act: based on experience, and everything."
Who's your favorite emotion from the movie?
"Maybe it's Joy!"
Name your favorite band!
"I guess it's Maroon 5 kasi they're very flexible."
Your favorite song?
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What's your guilty pleasure?
"Sweets talaga. It's really amazing if you're big and you're a chef, parang it connects to that certain perception na kapag chef ka, medyo may laman ka talaga. So ako, nili-limit ko talaga sarili ko to be one of those chefs. Although, yung mga masasarap talagang magluto yung mga chef talaga na ganun."
In terms of catching a girl's eye, do smart guys have the advantage over sporty guys?
"Of course. I really do believe that smart guys have the edge in terms of [attracting] girls with their sense of humor, and how they talk."
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Produced by Camille Santiago | Creative direction by Barry Viloria | Photographs by Vyn Radovan | Styling by Gelie Manansala | Grooming by Angelito Panganiban of MDA | Hair by Darwin Galit of Vivere Salon | Shot on location at: Chaos, City of Dreams Manila, Pasay City | Special thanks to: Charisse Chuidian, Romina Gervacio, and Fran Arias of City of Dreams | Melanie Acedillo of MDA | Glaiza Agbayani of R2 Group of Companies | Banner image by Lui Jimenez