I was totally starstruck in Niseko last week when I bumped into Adam Liaw! We both happened to be browsing through an upstairs trinkety store, right next door to my hotel.
When I think back I must have acted like a right goose because as soon as I saw him all I could do was point and say ‘Ooh MasterChef‘! Sheesh, how embarrassing…
After a few minutes I composed myself and got the courage to approach to him, properly. I think he was with friends so I felt a little awkward about asking for a photo. I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass!
I’m sure people approach Adam all the time and it probably gets annoying when he isn’t working however he was very gracious and we had a little chat about our time in Hokkaido. When I asked for a photo I even told him about my blog! He was nice enough to ask a bit about it which had me thrilled to bits. Then we talked about how most of the photos we had both taken on our trips were of food! Touché.
After Adam left my Uncle asked who I was (still) squealing about. I told him about MasterChef and that this was the second time I had met Adam.
The first time we met was at the Malaysian Festival in Parramatta in October last year (this was part of the Sydney International Food Festival). Ma and I went to have a look and sample some of the Malaysian cuisine. Ma read about the event in the local paper so before going we didn’t know a whole lot about it.
First, I should say this: Ma and I both love Adam. We thought he was great on MasterChef, his food is really creative and he’s gorgeous. And of course we both have his cook book.
So when we saw Adam at the Malaysian Festival, I asked him for a photo and he very kindly accepted.
A little later on, we saw Alvin Quah, also from MasterChef. Alvin and Adam were separately having their photos taken with fans so Ma and I scooted over to ask Alvin for a photo.
We had a chat with Alvin and then he asked if I wanted a photo with him AND Adam. Well of course I did! We chatted with the lads and then to our surprise, Adam told Ma that she looks just like his Aunty. Wow, what a compliment! I cannot tell you how happy this made her!
Anyhoo I told my Uncle about this and he thought I was silly for not recalling the encounter to Adam. He said ‘It’s not every day you tell someone that they look like your Aunty, so he would probably remember having said that!’. Well, maybe I should have. I just didn’t want to be an annoying fan!
It was such a trip highlight to bump into Adam in Japan. I’ve now made a deal with myself to appear much more ‘normal’ the next time I see someone famous. Hey I can’t make any promises, but I can try, right?