And, despite a barrage of early criticism from viewers and contestants alike, they’ve become firmer friends than ever.
Evans and her husband have relocated to Sydney since the show finished filming – a move which has elicited stories that Evans and Sexton no longer speak.
It’s one of many stories the pair has laughed off since they burst on to our screens last month. Evans unwittingly made the word ‘‘ yeah’’ her trademark and a promoter’s dream.
‘‘ There have been some ridiculous stories and attacks, but the fact is we’re closer than ever,’’ Sexton says.
‘‘ Some have been funny, some have been hurtful, but most of it we take with a grain of salt because we know who we are.’’
Evans laughs off her portrayal on the show as the early villain.
‘‘ If I didn’t know me, I probably would have hated me too,’’ she says. ‘‘ But I knew it was a reality television show, and the editors were just doing their job.’’
The Thai- born chef also shrugged off some deeply personal criticisms made of her online.
‘‘ It didn’t bother me at all. You can’t please everyone,’’ she says.
‘‘ I don’t know these people, they don’t know me. And if you’re sitting around bullying someone on the internet, you probably really need to fill your day with better things – go for a walk and get some fresh air, do something productive.’’
Sexton says Evans’s critics forget that she only ever critiqued food. She didn’t get personal.
‘‘ I’ve read some terrible articles bagging her out,’’ she says. ‘‘ They’re jealous of Jen. I’m a down- to- earth person and I surround myself with the same. I wouldn’t be friends with someone who’s a bitch, and Jen’s not.
The pair is approaching the semifinal the same way they have every MKR challenge – trying not to take it too seriously by over- preparing.
‘‘ Megan and Andy are great cooks and it’s daunting and scary going up against them,’’ Sexton says.
The pair’s culinary low point in MKR would have to be the caravan challenge in Far North Queensland.
‘‘ The humidity, the kitchen, the heat, no gas, and it was the first time we’d had a bad dish. It was horrific,’’ Sexton says.
That said, the pair would do it again in a second.
‘‘ Anyone who doesn’t sign up for next season is mad,’’ Sexton says.