My Kitchen Rules

Why judge Pete Evans is ready to leave My Kitchen Rules behind him

‘My family is my priority.’

By TV Week team

He recently announced he'd be joined the team at Better Homes And Gardens as a regular chef on the show.

So could this mark the end of Pete Evans' journey on My Kitchen Rules?

Chatting to TV WEEK, the 45-year-old MKR judge opened up about his nine-year stint on the popular cooking show and the toll it has had on his personal life.

In particular, Pete says it has been tough being away from his wife, Nicola Robinson, and his two daughters, Chilli, 13, and Indii, 11, during filming season.

"What I love most is to spend time with my family," the chef explains. "That's always my priority."

However, his role on MKR means leaving his loved ones behind to hit the road. Pete and fellow judge Manu Feildel are making their way around Australia to find the best home cooks.

"There's a lot of travelling involved in this job that is unlike anything else," he says.

And after 43-year-old Manu revealed he is still uncertain whether he will return for another season of the show, it seems Pete could follow in his footsteps.

Pete admits the show wouldn't be the same without the duo at the helm.

"Manu's my best mate," Pete enthuses.

"We have a tremendous rapport together. And I think it's part of the DNA of the show. We have been there from the start."

Meanwhile, the paleo diet advocate, who says he's "excited" to have joined the cast of Better Homes And Gardens, hints that Irish chef Colin Fassnidge could take over kitchen HQ.

"Colin has come through," Pete says. "He's got a larger role in the series, and he's also a dear friend."

Meanwhile, 44-year-old Colin admits he's yet to sign on for MKR's milestone season in 2019.

"TV is a very fickle land," Colin says.

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