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Peruvian chef Franco Noriega named People's sexiest chef of 2016

Annabeth Leow

The Straits Times/Asia News Network

Singapore  /  Thu, December 1, 2016  /  05:23 pm
Peruvian chef Franco Noriega named People's sexiest chef of 2016

Peruvian chef Franco Noriega has been named People magazine's sexiest chef of the year. (www.instagram.com/franconorhal//File)

Peruvian chef Franco Noriega has been named People magazine's sexiest chef of the year.

Noriega, 27, spent the past eight years as a model - having posed for brands like Burberry and even stripped down to his underwear in ads - and is so comfortable in the buff that he cooks at home in only his birthday suit.

The 1.87m-tall Noriega is a social media sensation, with 288,000 followers on Instagram. The singleton also helms a YouTube channel, Franco Cooks, where he teaches fans how to cook while wearing nothing but form-fitting boxer shorts.

The Telegraph reported that Noriega was surprised to have been compared with British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who goes by the moniker "the Naked Chef".

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"Did he cook naked?" Noriega - who had not previously heard of Oliver - is said to have asked the Telegraph journalist.

He was reassured that Oliver, at least, poses no threat to Noriega's semi-nude culinary schtick.

According to food magazine Eater New York, Noriega - whose parents are both restauranteurs - owns two restaurants in Peru on top of the two he opened this year in New York City, where he is based.

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