Filipino-blooded artist Myleene Klass has accepted the role of hosting the ITV series BBQ Champ, telling Digital Spy that the position would allow her to indulge in the Filipino tradition of grilling for family feasts.
"I'm hugely people curious so I can natter, I'm Filipino, so I've been raised on chicken and pork, you couldn't personally offer me a better job in my life. So I get to eat the food and natter with the contestants and host the show, perfect!" said Klass, whose mother is a Filipino.
Klass will oversee 10 contestants with judges Adam Richman of Man vs Food and British chef and restauranteur Mark Blatchford for the new five-part reality food competition.
The singer, who performed with defunct pop group Hear'Say at the Royal Variety Performance in 2001, said Richman already offered to cook for her and her two daughters in light of her less-than-desirable cooking skills.
"I was like, 'you haven't faced a Filipino girl before!' He's very sweet, he's offered to come over and BBQ for the girls. Toughest audience yet! Especially if it's not macaroni cheese!" she said.
In 2014, Klass accompanied her Filipina mother Magdalena on a charity trip with Save The Children to build houses for Typhoon Yolanda victims.
Quoting the pair's interview on ITV's Daybreak, The Daily Mail reported that Klass found it incredibly difficult to see children "hungry and tired" as their families struggled to "help themselves" in the aftermath of the typhoon.
"We’re out there and you realize there is still so much more that needs to be done, the scale is devastating… the one thing that hits you about the Filipino people is their resilience," Klass said.
"They’re strong, they’re loyal they want to help themselves and they are helping themselves but they need that extra bit of help from people that have a bit more," she added. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News