MKR 2022 winners Janelle and Monzir reveal why they won't watch this season

EXCLUSIVE: The season 12 champions open up about their surprising decision to skip the show this year.

They won last year’s season of My Kitchen Rules, but Janelle Halil and Monzir Hamdin admit they might not be tuning into the reality TV competition when it returns next month.

The couple tell Yahoo Lifestyle that after competing on the series themselves, they’ve “seen too much” to enjoy the show as viewers.

My Kitchen Rules winners Janelle and Monzir.
My Kitchen Rules winners Janelle and Monzir admit they might not watch this year’s season. Photos: Channel Seven

“I’d always been a supporter of the show prior to going on it, I watched it all the time, but I don't know how I'm gonna watch it [this year],” Janelle says.

“I don't want to watch it. It's so weird, but I don't have the same excitement. I know that sounds really bad, but I don’t. I just feel like I've seen too much.

“There's nothing more exciting than going on the show you've watched for years and winning it. So then to watch it again you’re just kind of like, cool. Not in a bad way at all for the other teams or for the show itself or anything, but I mean, what's going to top us winning it?”


Monzir agrees that being a contestant has given him a “different perspective” on the show moving forward.

“I know everything behind the scenes so now if I see something I’m like, ‘I know what happened there, I know what’s going on!’,” he remarks.

“You view it differently than other viewers. People at home are watching it like, ‘Oh my god, this is so exciting, I want to see what happens next’, but you already have an idea of what’s going on behind the scenes and how the editing works out and what they cut.”

My Kitchen Rules winners Janelle and Monzir with Manu Feildel.
Janelle and Monzir admit it’s been a ‘crazy year’ since winning season 12. Photo: Instagram/monzirhamdin

'My whole life turned upside down overnight'

12 months on from winning the reality show and taking home $100,000, the couple share that their lives have changed massively.

They’ve travelled around the country appearing at various food festivals and shows, launched their own business Monzelle with their prize money, and are currently working on their first cookbook and a line of aprons.

“It's been such a crazy year, I didn't expect it to be that way,” Janelle reflects. “Our lives have changed but also our goals and who we are as people has changed as well.”

“My whole life turned upside down overnight, it’s crazy,” Monzir adds. “Starting our own business was something that I always wanted to do but I never thought I was going to do it. And after MKR, that opportunity opened doors for us and certainly opened my eyes to do great things and just push forward every day.”


Janelle adds that My Kitchen Rules had a positive impact on her relationship with Monzir and they learned so much about each other throughout filming.

“It made us so much stronger,” she shares. “We were thrown into a competition, new relationship, our parents and family had just found out [about us], they’re losing it behind the scenes because they're like, ‘What are you doing?’. So essentially for us, we had to actually learn how to communicate with each other. It pushed us to different limits and helped us grow as people.

“It was the best experience of my entire life and I don't regret any second of it. I loved everything, even the bad times. It was such a beautiful learning experience for both of us and I feel like it brought our relationship closer and stronger.”

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