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The story of how Manu Feildel met his wife Clarissa Weerasena will make you believe in true love again

A chance meeting led to a happily ever after for the former SAS: Australia star

By Erin Doyle
Thanks to his French accent and cooking talents, dreamy chef from SAS: Australia Manu Feildel has often had fans swooning over him.
But when the former My Kitchen Rules and Australia's Got Talent judge met his now-wife Clarissa Weerasena at Sydney's Ivy night club in 2011, she had a slightly different reaction.
Clarissa revealed to The Australian's Women's Weekly in 2016 that she had no idea who the famous chef was.
"He comes up to me and says, 'Your friend says that you can cook better than me,' and I said, 'I probably can,'" recalled Clarissa. "I thought, who the hell are you?"
Manu also shared his side of their fateful first meeting in an interview with TV WEEK.
"We met in a lift going to a nightclub in Sydney. She didn't know who I was," he explained.
"We didn't see each other for three months after that, then we caught up for a drink. I was nervous, because three months had passed. We didn't see each other for another three months, then had some lunch. The rest is history."
Smitten: Clarissa had no idea who the famous chef was when they first met in 2011. (Image: @manufeildelofficial/ Instagram)
But it was Clarissa's talents in the kitchen that really sealed the deal for the chef, who is famous for his strong views on sauce accompanying meals.
After tasting one of her dishes, Manu had found The One.
"Clarissa ticked all the boxes – and that was the biggest box. I was like, thank God! She loves eating and she loves cooking – she's perfect!" he told The Australian Women's Weekly.
Head over heels in love, Manu popped the question to the jewellery designer in 2013 and the couple welcomed daughter Charlee in 2015.
Manu was previously in a 12-year relationship with Ronnie Morshead and they share son Jonti together.
Manu proposed to Clarissa in 2013 and they tied the knot in January, 2018. (Image: Getty)
Happy family! Manu with son Jonti, daughter Charlee and wife Clarissa. (Image: @manufeildelofficial/ Instagram)
After a four-year engagement, the smitten pair finally tied the knot in what Manu described as a "beautiful intimate ceremony" in January 2018.
The celebrity chef announced the happy news on his Instagram account at the time.
"I've often said don't believe what you read in the press but now you hear it from the horse's mouth, yes it's true I am married!" he wrote.
"Last week I married the love of my life Clarissa in a beautiful intimate ceremony. We had a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends and lots of love and laughter."
And the fairytale romance doesn't look set to end anytime soon! In March, this year Manu shared a sweet snap with his glamorous wife as they celebrated his 46th birthday.
"Happy B'day to me!!! 46 year young and going strong. Best wife, best son, best daughter, best life," he gushed.
Still going strong! Manu gushed over his wife earlier this year. (Image: @manufeildelofficial/ Instagram)
What's their secret? you may ask.
In an interview with Now To Love earlier this year, the beloved chef revealed that it comes down to a few simple things - one of which, to no surprise, is cooking.
"We cook every day and that's what we love doing, we cook for each other, and my wife is a great cook," he revealed.
"Spending time together and making sure you don't take each other for granted. You know, sometimes when you've been together for too long, you kind of forget what the relationship started with."
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But when Manu and his wife can't cook together, he is more than happy for Clarissa to be head chef.
"She's Malaysian and Sri Lankan. Asians, in general love cooking, and they love sharing food with their families and friends.
"And Clarissa is a very good cook, and she can cook all different types of cuisines, so I'm happy to let her cook most of the time. I do about 30% and she does about 70%," Manu told New Idea in an exclusive interview.
"Clarissa is a very good cook, and she can cook all different types of cuisines." (Image: @manufeildelofficial/ Instagram)
Of course, Manu's undeniable screen presence secured him a spot on the new season of SAS: Australia.
Although he was out filming for a few weeks, Clarissa was likely more than happy to take care of the kitchen at home while she watches him on the Channel Seven reality TV show.
Manu also revealed to New Idea what a special date night looks like for him and his wife, and surprisingly there is no cooking involved.
"If we have a date night, we just go out to be honest with you. We love going out, we love Japanese food, it's one of our favourites.
"All our life is surrounded by food, that's definite. Even when we go on holidays, we go where we can find some good restaurants," said Manu.
They look so in love! (Image: Getty)

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