Singapore-based US actor-host Allan Wu is back on our small screens again to host the The Amazing Race Asia 5 after the show’s six-year hiatus.
But the 44-year-old went through a much-publicised detour in his own life during that period, and admitted he’s a different man now as compared to six years ago.
After The Amazing Race Asia 4 aired in 2010, Wu moved to Shanghai, China with his then-wife, local actress-host Wong Li Lin, and their two kids to explore career opportunities there.
The celebrity couple got divorced in 2013 and soon after, Wong and their children returned to Singapore. Wu followed suit in 2014.
He told TNP over the phone from Jakarta, Indonesia, where the press conference for The Amazing Race Asia 5 was held: “Definitely a lot has changed. Every ending has a new beginning.
“Through the years, I’ve been blessed to be able to do two other versions of The Amazing Race franchise – China Rush and The Amazing Race China. Obviously now, I’m older, the show is bolder and I’m coming back with more experience.”
He added: “Of course, (when it comes to) my personal life, I cannot predict what happens when I’m out there. One thing led to another, where we realised that maybe we weren’t life partners and things started happening in that direction.
“But even with that happening, that would probably be my defining moment in terms of a life-changing (moment) or having to grow up.”
Wu said he will relish hosting The Amazing Race Asia 5 in English again as he’s been “doing it in Mandarin for the China version (of the show)”.
But what he definitely didn’t miss about the show was having to wait at the pit stop for the contestants, sometimes even up to 15 hours.
What’s new this season, however, is the addition of Indonesian actress Tara Basro as Wu’s co-host on selected legs of the race.
On whether he’s afraid that she may steal his spotlight, he said: “They always say ‘out with the old and in with the new’. I think for the most part, I’m okay. Who knows? Maybe we will have amazing chemistry.”
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MOST of us know him as the rugged and good-looking host of The Amazing Race Asia but Allan Wu has made a career for himself as a model and actor, in English serials such as Love Mattersand My In-Laws, as well as Chinese serial drama productions that include Bukit HoSwee, Beautiful Connection, The Unbeatables III and True Heroes. He has also starred in feature films I Do I Doand Night Corridor.
In addition to that, Wu is also a well-known presenter, having hosted the 2011 Miss Universe China beauty pageant. He is currently busy working on several projects but fans will get to see him in action showing off a completely different set of skills on Hot Guys Who Cook Season 2(HGWC2).
Here, Wu will showcase his cooking skills and perhaps erase some of their memories of the first season of the series in which, most of the hunks had questionable cooking skills. In an email interview, Wu explained what he will be doing on the cooking show.
Before taking part in Hot Guys Who Cook, could you, in fact, cook?
“Wu can cook … but he just doesn’t need to do it often because his wife is an even more ‘amazing’ cook and loves to cook for everyone.”
If you can cook, what is your signature dish?
“I prefer to make wholesome simple meals like pastas with a meat sauce in addition to roast chicken, of course.”
What will you be cooking for the show?
“Herb Crusted Roast Chicken on a bed of sweet mashed potatoes and salad with homemade dressing on the side.”
What is comfort food to you?
“Anything warm, thick, tasty, and chewy. Whoops…did that come out wrong? Either way, it tastes good going in!”
You have travelled all over the world, so do you like trying out all the different types of food?
“Absolutely. One of the best perks in my job is having the opportunity to experience culinary dishes from around the world during my travels.”
What is your favourite cuisine?
“I have always been a big fan of Mexican cuisine because it’s clean, simple, spicy, and simply delicious.”
As a model, actor as well as TV presenter, are you careful about what you eat?
“Yes, I do pay attention to what I eat. However, I would say I pay more attention to how much I eat as opposed to what I eat because, in the end it’s those large quantities of food that really can pack on the extra unneeded (nor desired) kilos.”
Why should we watch HGWC2?
“It’s a simply knockout of a recipe with entertaining good-looking guys showing off their cooking prowess in a different setting than the usual environment. I really enjoyed my time working on the show because it allowed me to show a different and more comedic side of me that many fans and viewers might be less familiar with. Who knows? You just might pick up a fantastic new dish just in time to show off to family and friends for the upcoming holiday season!”
Hot Guys Who Cook 2 premieres tonight at 7pm over on Diva Universal (Astro Channel 702).
This coming Monday, December 3rd, I’ll take my talents (or lack thereof) away from the pit stop mats of The Amazing Race Asia and The Amazing Race China Race and step into the kitchen for the premiere episode of the newest season of Hot Guys Who Cook on Diva Universal channel at 7 PM! I must confess I had a great time working on this successful format, and things heat up even more for this second season as there is a competition element with a mystery celebrity judge to boot!
In this premiere episode, I’ll be going up against Zain Saidin from Malaysia…
…and Paolo Gonzalez from the Philippines.
We all had a lot of competitive fun working on the shoot where these boys play for keeps…
…and I even broke a good sweat along the way while racing around to find various essential ingredients for our culinary masterpieces!
So there you have it…the stage is set so don’t miss the premiere episode coming this Monday night at 7 PM only on Diva Universal channel:
Singapore – StarHub Ch522
Malaysia – Astro Ch 702
Philippines – Skycable Ch 37
Taiwan – MOD中華電信: 97
Finally, here is a quick rundown for the schedule of the show:
Episode 1 on 3 December, 7pm – Allan, Paolo and Zain
Episode 2 on 10 December, 7pm – Oli, Adam and Armando
Episode 3 on 17 December, 7pm – George, Henry and Paul