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The My Kitchen Rules ac­tion is hot­ter than ever this sea­son, with pre-pro­mo­tions fea­tur­ing a table­top pash be­tween mem­bers of ri­val teams.

But de­spite be­ing from France, the ro­mance cap­i­tal of the world, judge Manu Feildel prefers to keep the pas­sion on the plate where it be­longs.

“I don’t re­ally care to be hon­est with you, for me, the hap­pi­est I can be is when they cook me good food,” he says.

“It’s not a dat­ing show for me, it’s a cook­ing show.

“I’m happy for them, I’m all for love, I think it’s fab­u­lous, but on My Kitchen Rules – has it got a place – per­haps?

“But for me I’m not go­ing to be ex­cited about it and be like ‘Oh yeah!’.”

That’s not to say he doesn’t wel­come a bit of sauci­ness and spice at the ta­ble, he just prefers it in his meal.

“It’s pretty much sim­ple with me – well sea­soned and plenty of sauce,” he says.

“Peo­ple don’t seem to un­der­stand the use of salt and pep­per to a dish.

“It en­hances the flavour and it can turn an OK dish to an amaz­ing dish.”

You’d as­sume the one thing the long-term judge would love is food it­self, but just like the rest of us, it’s a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship.

“I’ve got a love and hate re­la­tion­ship with food,” he says.

“I ob­vi­ously don’t like putting on weight, but I love food too much.

“Then when I put weight on that I don’t want, I do ev­ery­thing to get it off but it means I don’t eat the food that I love.

“So I love it be­cause I love it but I hate it be­cause it makes things tough.”

My Kitchen Rules sea­son eight pre­miere, Mon­day 7.30pm, Chan­nel 7.

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