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Nigella Lawson and Pete Evans couldn't be any more different as she replaces him on MKR


Nigella Lawson is set to replace disgraced chef Pete Evans on the upcoming season of My Kitchen Rules.

And it appears Channel Seven couldn’t have found a chef more different to replace the controversial chef on the cooking show.

Nigella, 62, has previously said she doesn’t like the term ‘clean eating’ and is staunchly anti-diet, while Evans lives by his extreme paleo beliefs.

Different: How Nigella Lawson, 62, (pictured) and Pete Evans, 49, couldn't be any more different as she replaces the disgraced chef on My Kitchen Rules' new season alongside fellow judge Manu Feildel

Different: How Nigella Lawson, 62, (pictured) and Pete Evans, 49, couldn’t be any more different as she replaces the disgraced chef on My Kitchen Rules’ new season alongside fellow judge Manu Feildel

In 2016, the British chef told The Australian: ‘I don’t like the term ‘clean eating”.

She continued: ‘It comes from a place that somehow eating is a bit dirty and there’s a shame attached’, before adding, ‘but if you’re asking whether I think food that’s fresh and isn’t processed is a good thing, of course it is’.

‘I am also very aware that for many people it does become something that can tilt an unhealthy relationship with food in the wrong way.’

Beliefs: Nigella has previously said she doesn't like the term 'clean eating' while Pete Evans (pictured) often promotes his paleo beliefs

Beliefs: Nigella has previously said she doesn’t like the term ‘clean eating’ while Pete Evans (pictured) often promotes his paleo beliefs

Meanwhile, Pete has spoken at length about his paleo diet, which he claimed added decades to his life.

Essentially a low-carb, high fat diet, followers can eat grass-produced meats, fish and seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds and ‘healthful’ oils.

Banned items include dairy, cereals and grains, potatoes, refined sugar, processed food and salt.

Anti-diet: In 2016, the British chef told The Australian: 'I don't like the term 'clean eating''

Anti-diet: In 2016, the British chef told The Australian: ‘I don’t like the term ‘clean eating”

‘Once upon a time I used to train at the gym and I would have a standard Australian diet,’ he previously told News.com.au.

‘I’d have a muesli in the morning, a wrap or sushi at lunch and at night-time I’d cook a pasta or a stir-fry.’

‘I thought I was doing all the right things by what our dietary guidelines and our so called ‘experts’ promote.’

Diet: Pete has previously spoken at length about his paleo diet, which he claimed added decades to his life

Diet: Pete has previously spoken at length about his paleo diet, which he claimed added decades to his life 

But many health professionals have slammed the controversial diet.

Nigella is set to replace disgraced chef Pete on My Kitchen Rules as it prepares to return to Channel Seven later this year.

The British chef will be appearing in the upcoming season alongside returning judge Manu Feildel.

‘Going to restaurants can be a treat, but for me, the true story of food is told through the cooking we do at home,’ Nigella said.

Coming soon: Nigella is set to replace disgraced chef Pete on My Kitchen Rules as it prepares to return to Channel Seven later this year

Coming soon: Nigella is set to replace disgraced chef Pete on My Kitchen Rules as it prepares to return to Channel Seven later this year 

‘So, to have the chance to champion home cooks and be given the intimate privilege of being invited into people’s homes to eat their food fills me with gratitude and excitement in equal measure!’

She added: ‘I’m so looking forward to working with Manu too. Although he’s a chef and I’m a home cook, the fact is we both just want to eat good food. I feel I’ve got a lot to learn from him, but just know we’ll have a lot of fun in the process. I can’t wait!’

Manu previously worked together with Pete as judges on My Kitchen Rules for 10 years, before Pete was sacked from the network in May 2020.

Past: Manu previously worked together with Pete Evans as judges on My Kitchen Rules for 10 years, before Pete was sacked from the network in May 2020

Past: Manu previously worked together with Pete Evans as judges on My Kitchen Rules for 10 years, before Pete was sacked from the network in May 2020 

The pair were often the subject of rumours they didn’t like each other, with a source revealing in 2017 that Manu thought Evans was ‘stranger than strange’.

Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven for his extreme views.

He previously claimed COVID-19 was a ‘f**king hoax’ and that the pandemic ‘doesn’t compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale’.

Divisive: Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven earlier this year for his extreme views. He previously claimed COVID-19 was a 'f**king hoax' and that the pandemic 'doesn't compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale'

Divisive: Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven earlier this year for his extreme views. He previously claimed COVID-19 was a ‘f**king hoax’ and that the pandemic ‘doesn’t compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale’

Among his false claims about the pandemic, Pete previously declared he’s immune to coronavirus, and blamed the health crisis on 5G technology.

He also endorsed fellow conspiracy theorist David Icke, a Holocaust denier who was denied entry to Australia last year after protests from the Jewish community.

MKR had once been a ratings juggernaut for Seven, but its popularity nosedived in recent years as viewers flocked to Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight instead.

In 2020, its eleventh season drew an average of 500,000 metro viewers per episode.

At its height in 2014, the fifth season had attracted an average audience of 1.891 million across the five major cities.

Ratings: MKR had once been a ratings juggernaut for Seven, but its popularity nosedived in recent years as viewers flocked to Channel Nine's Married At First Sight instead

Ratings: MKR had once been a ratings juggernaut for Seven, but its popularity nosedived in recent years as viewers flocked to Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight instead

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