He might be MasterChef Australia's hot favourite, but Reynold Poernomo is nursing a secret heartache.
"My girlfriend Chelia lives in Bali, so we're in a long-distance relationship," Reynold, 27, tells TV WEEK.
"It's 100 per cent tough anyway, and then COVID-19 happened. I'm not even sure when I can next visit her now."
Not that a global pandemic is doing anything to dampen the couple's love.
In fact, Reynold says, the pressure is on to take their relationship to the next level!
"There is a pressure to get engaged," he says with a laugh.
"I definitely want to get married, but I have a checklist I must meet before I put a ring on her finger."
Given dessert king Reynold's meticulousness in the kitchen, it's hardly surprising he has a plan in place.
"I have standards," he says. "I want to be financially stable, own multiple businesses and have my own house."
But despite his practical nature, Reynold admits he's a real softie when it comes to Chelia.
The pair met in Sydney on Christmas Eve in 2016.
"I was sitting outside KOI Dessert Bar [the Sydney restaurant Reynold runs with his family], and her dad, who my brothers knew, wanted to get an after-dinner coffee," Reynold recalls.
"I saw a woman in a beautiful red dress with him, so I texted my brothers asking if she was his girlfriend!"
Thankfully, Reynold's older brothers Ronald and Arnold made it clear that Chelia was his daughter.
"I texted back 'OMG – intro pls!'" Reynold says.
Reynold and Chelia have been together ever since.
So what's the secret ingredient to making long-distance love work?
"I love making food and she loves eating it," Reynold says with a laugh, adding that they help one another too.
"If I have olives on my food, I give them to her and if she has beetroot, I eat it for her," he adds.
"We're very different people, but despite the distance between us, we're so compatible. We're proof that opposites attract."
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