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My Kitchen Rules’ picky cook Jes­sica Ti­chon­czuk “alien­ated” her­self from the rest of the group off-cam­era, says fel­low con­tes­tant Nell Rig­gio.

Ti­chon­czuk’s ta­ble talk and her dis­like for carbs, pasta – any­thing fried – as well as choco­late, grated with the other con­tes­tants in group two as well as view­ers.

Rig­gio, who has teamed with her part­ner Jean-Paul Huil­let, says that Ti­chon­czuk did not in­ter­act with the MKR group once film­ing stopped.

“She was very de­fen­sive and she did alien­ate her­self,” Rig­gio says.

Huil­let adds: “As soon as we got out she was gone.” So close were the con­tes­tants who com­peted in the se­cond group, sev­eral of them went and got “team” tat­toos.

Queens­lan­ders Rig­gio, Huil­let and FIFO min­ers Alex Ebert and Gareth Cochrane all got ‘MKR 2016’ tatts.

The love didn’t seem to spread right across the ta­ble.

Cochrane says Ti­chon­czuk was so abrupt and curt that no one was pre­pared, off-cam­era, to ap­proach her about her man­ner or at­ti­tude.

“I don’t think any­one was brave enough to ask her, she was quite snappy,” he says.

MKR judge Peter Evans, how­ever, doesn’t have a bad word to say about her.

He only praised the pro­duc­ers for their cast­ing.

“Ev­ery year the cast­ing crew make tremen­dous choices. Ev­ery year it gives the show what it needs to re­main a hit,” Evans says.

“If ev­ery­one was the same it would not be the num­ber one show in Aus­tralia.”

But the oth­ers around the ta­ble were ask­ing ques­tions, says Cochrane.

“Ev­ery din­ner we looked at each other around the ta­ble, think­ing ‘what the hell is go­ing on here. What is she do­ing here?’.”

My Kitchen Rules airs 7pm Sun­day and 7.30pm Mon­day-Wed­nes­day on Seven.

Jes­sica Ti­chon­czuk and Marco Dillman from My Kitchen Rules.

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