Syafiq doesn’t think he’s “hunky or super good-looking”.
“It took me a while to find my confidence. I used to feel like I wasn't as good-looking compared to other people,” says the newly-minted CLEO’s Most Eligible Bachelor. “But I guess being able to put good food on the table helps?” he adds with a chuckle.
But it’s exactly his aw-shucks demeanor that makes him all the more endearing. The 1.85m-tall chef exudes a relaxed vibe and has a quiet demeanor, preferring to let his credentials do the talking.
The ITE graduate majored in Culinary Arts, and joined a cooking competition at Food & Hotel Malaysia, a trade event, while he was still in school. He walked away with a silver medal in the individual category for “Main course — Seafood Preparation”, and a gold medal in the team category for “Best Apprentice Team”.
“I LOVE COOKING FOR THE PEOPLE I LOVE. IT’S MY WAY OF SHOWING CARE.”
He had also worked at Terra Tokyo Italian, a one Michelin-starred restaurant. That’s where he met his business partner, and they decided to start their own venture with a hawker stall. The end result? The highly raved-about BURGS by Project Warung. Their burgers are so good that they’ve been served to ministers and foreign delegates at big events like the National Day Rally. It’s been three years since, and they're now planning top open their third outlet.
And how does an eligible bachelor who has his hands full with running a business find the time to date?
“I try to make time whenever I can,” Syafiq says. So he might meet you for a couple of hours between meetings, do a quick lunch, or even have the entire date in the car as he (very helpfully) drives you to work.
“Once, I even got my date to come down to work with me, and she ended up helping me with my errands. She even helped me to move some boxes. We did some really hard work that day!” he recounts with a laugh.
“But hey, if she can endure the hardships with me, she deserves everything that I can give her.”
Nawwwww, we stan a man who knows how to treat a lady right.
Syafiq takes home $4,000 worth of prizes, including a Swatch timepiece, Sloggi products worth $1,000, a $1,000 ZALORA gift card, a HP Pavilion 13 Notebook worth over $1,200 and $1,000 to spend at Jeric Salon.
On Syafiq: SWATCH BBBlanco (S027M102), $140. Hooded rain jacket, $261.90, French Connection; button-up jacket, $149, Selected Homme; and windbreaker, $289, Calvin Klein Performance; all from ZALORA.