Joel Christie, The Daily Telegraph, reports
Be it his signature brownies recipe, his appetite for the ocean or the fact that he saves lives in his spare time, Hayden Quinn is officially Australia's most desirable single stud.
Having missed out on the MasterChef title last year, the budding young cook and Warringah lifeguard last night walked away with the eligible honour of being the Cleo Bachelor of the Year for 2012.
Beating out big-chested competition from the likes of rugby hottie James O'Connor, Dancing With The Stars newbie Johnny Ruffo and model Nathan Jolliffe, Quinn said he was "stoked" to command a majority of the 1.9 million votes lodged by the magazine's readers.
"I am looking for a good relationship so hopefully this helps with that," said Quinn, who has a bachelor in marine science.
The Cleo competition, which celebrated its 25th year with a gala party at The Star's new nightclub Marquee last night, has helped adorn plenty of Aussie blokes with "hunk" status, with Geoff Huegill, Andy Lee and Firass Dirani all previous winners of the title.
There have been exceptions though, with Kyle Sandilands taking the crown in 1997.
TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson - the former Cleo editor who conceptualised and launched the bachelor competition - said the title stood for much more than just a pretty face.
"You have to be the whole package I think. I'm all about manners," she said.