3/01/2012 10:14 AM
by: Rhea Manila Santos
After successfully hosting the first season of Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition, Judy Ann Santos admitted she is excited about being part of the adult version of the successful cooking talent search, MasterChef. Juday also admitted she is also happy that the show will also have on board Junior MasterChef’s judges Fern Aracama, Rolando Laudico, and JP Anglo.
The 33-year-old actress said that since this is the adult version of the competitive cooking show, they will have stricter standards in terms of cooking. “Basically it would be the same set of hosts. Dito mas magiging critical na kami. Kasi with the kids siyempre automatic hindi kami puwedeng maging prangka sa kanila kasi ayaw naman naming na dalhin nila sa pagtanda nila. Tipong buong buhay mo meron palang may sama ng loob sa iyo at hindi mo lang alam na may nasaktan ka na kabataan. Siyempre since we’ll be dealing with adults already, mas magiging prangka lang kami sa kanila. Mas mahihirap ang challenges na mabibigay namin sa kanila. Mas matinding training ground ang mangyayari definitely,” she shared.
Juday promised that MasterChef will be just as entertaining as Junior MasterChef when it comes to the show format. The talented actress revealed she is already readying herself for the backlash that comes with being the one having to eliminate contestants every week. “Sa pagkakataong ito all the chef judges are now allowed to be more specific in their criticism. Hindi ko alam yung makikita kong contestants kasi with Junior MasterChef, hindi ko sila nakita up until the day na nag-pilot episode. Same thing that will happen with Master Chef, makikita ko na lang sila sa mismong araw na mag-e-eliminate kami ng 40 contestants then magiging 20 na lang sila. Siguro hahanap ako ng paraan na maiparating ko sa kanila yung statement na hindi sasama ang loob nila pero of course ini-expect ko na yun. May mangyayaring samaan ng loob, may magsasabing wala akong karapatan mag-ganito, na hindi naman ako chef, ganyan ganyan.”
Juday said doing Junior MasterChef definitely boosted her confidence when it comes to being in the kitchen. The doting wife and mother of two said she is very happy at the rate her personal and professional life is going right now. Both Juday and husband Ryan Agoncillo are known to be hands-on parents. “Actually hindi naman namin ito pinag-usapan ni Ry pero parang meron kaming understanding kung halimbawang may magtratrabaho ng weekend, may isang maiiwan sa bahay. Tapos let’s say nung Sunday nagtrabaho ako tapos si Ryan naiwan sa bahay, on Monday we’ll make it a point na mailabas yung mga bata kahit papano. Weekends hangga’t maaari we try to explain to the production people na okay lang ba kung weekends huwag tayo magtrabaho ng araw na yun kasi yun lang yung araw na walang pasok si Yohan eh. So we compromise. Siguro ganun talaga pag mag-asawa kayo, hindi mo siya ino-organize, hindi mo siya sini-schedule, nanagyayari lang siya ng basta. At saka masaya lang ako sa bahay kasi nakikita ko lahat eh, naaayos ko lahat,” she shared.
After making a successful showbiz comeback with a slimmed-down figure and a lot of projects, Juday admitted there are no plans to have another baby yet. “Hindi muna namin pinag-uusapan. Kung saka-sakali baka next year pero ano lang muna, trabaho na muna kasi ipon muna kami. Iba kasi usapan kapag lima na kayo sa pamilya eh, iba na yung dynamics na yun eh. So ngayon relax pa kami sa dalawang anak namin. Tig-isa kami,” she said.