DISH THE DIRT
MKR CONTESTENTS ON THE SHOW’S FUSSIEST COOK
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.