The 2019 season of My Kitchen Rules kicked off with a bang on Monday night, and while Stacey and Ash were cooking, it’s Josh and Austin who stirred up trouble at the dinner table.
The home schooled brothers from NSW didn’t hold back with their opinions of other contestants, calling Ibby a “mail-order bride, but the gay version”, and telling Ruby she looked like “the plastic chick with the friend you brought along to make yourself look prettier”.
“They’ve got no filter,” MKR judge Manu Feildel tells Yahoo Lifestyle, hinting this isn’t the last we’ll see of the boys’ controversial remarks, as even he and Pete Evans become the targets later in the series.
“It doesn’t matter that Pete and I are the judges, they treat us like everyone else,” explains Manu.
“I’ve never met people like this before and I’m not excited to meet people like this again.”
Meanwhile Josh and Austin seem to have no regrets about their feisty words on the show.
“Life is too short to be quiet, always trying to please everyone,” 25-year-old Josh tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“If you’re offended, it’s your choice,” adds 22-year-old Austin.
“Who remembers quiet people for having an opinion but just a neutral one? It’s like, have an opinion, stand for it, and live by it. If people like it, great. It doesn’t matter,” explains Josh.
“You’re not here to please people. If I wanted to make people happy or make people like me, I’d be selling ice cream.”
Josh and Austin will compete against eight other teams in the first round of MKR instant restaurants.
Claiming they don’t believe their cooking skills are the strongest, Josh says the siblings adopt strategies that don’t necessarily rely on their culinary talent.
“This is a game,” he says. “We’re the youngest contestants. It’s like duck duck goose on steroids. It’s a game and we know how to play it.”
My Kitchen Rules continues at 7pm on Channel Seven.
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