The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - AMY PRICE

MY Kitchen Rules win­ners Alex Clark and Emily O’Kane say they needed to step away from the spot­light fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing their win ear­lier this year.

The cou­ple, who were be­rated by view­ers dur­ing the Chan­nel 7 show, moved from the Gold Coast to By­ron Bay be­fore the fi­nale and switched off their so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

“We were thrown into this big whirl­wind of fame. It’s not our style,” Clark said. “We wanted to do it and have a crack at win­ning but it was never about pro­mot­ing our­selves.”

O’Kane added: “The rea­son peo­ple didn’t think we de­served to win was be­cause I cried, and hon­estly, if you’re com­pet­ing for $250,000 you can cry, scream do what­ever you want be­cause you’ve got to give it your all ... We re­ally just needed to go back to nor­mal life and ad­just.”

They re­turned to Bris­bane to cook a sus­tain­able feast at the Eco Expo at Bris­bane Show­grounds yes­ter­day. They will also feature at the Bris­bane Food and Wine Expo in a fort­night.

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