Ex-My Kitchen Rules stars Romel Kouyan and Joshua Bonwick DEFEND Pete Evans’ views

‘We need more people like Pete Evans’: Ex-My Kitchen Rules stars Romel Kouyan and Joshua Bonwick DEFEND the conspiracy theorist’s harmful views and passionately declare they ‘stand right behind him’

Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Romel Kouyan and Joshua Bonwick have passionately defended the show’s former judge Pete Evans’ controversial views.

In clips shared to Instagram on Tuesday, the pair praised the conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer, 47, for leaving behind his fame and fortune to ‘expose what’s going on’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singing Pete’s praises, Bonwick, 27, declared that the world was ‘in need of more people like him’ while 43-year-old Kouyan admitted he ‘loves everything he stands for’ and was ‘right behind him’.

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'We stand by him': Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Romel Kouyan [top] and Joshua Bonwick [bottom] have passionately defended the show's former judge Pete Evans' controversial views

‘We stand by him’: Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Romel Kouyan [top] and Joshua Bonwick [bottom] have passionately defended the show’s former judge Pete Evans’ controversial views

The pair leapt to Pete’s defence while discussing the draconian lockdown measures in coronavirus-riddled Melbourne.

Josh expressed relief that he wasn’t currently living in Melbourne where people didn’t have a ‘bill of rights’ and a ‘constitution that protects your human rights.’

He immediately cited Pete as a hero for ‘exposing and shining a light’ on the pandemic.

‘He has thrown away every single thing that everyone in the world is trying to attain. He had success, he’s famous, he was on TV and had a million dollar a year job. He’s thrown it all away to expose what’s going on!

Pete's fans: In clips shared to Instagram on Tuesday, the pair praised the conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer, 47, for leaving behind his fame and fortune to 'expose what's going on' during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pete’s fans: In clips shared to Instagram on Tuesday, the pair praised the conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer, 47, for leaving behind his fame and fortune to ‘expose what’s going on’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

Singing Pete's praises: Bonwick, 27, declared that the world was 'in need of more people like him' while 43-year-old Kouyan admitted he 'loves everything he stands for' and was 'right behind him'

Singing Pete’s praises: Bonwick, 27, declared that the world was ‘in need of more people like him’ while 43-year-old Kouyan admitted he ‘loves everything he stands for’ and was ‘right behind him’

‘We need more people like Pete Evans. The more backlash that you get means you’re on to something,’ he added.

Romel shared the same views as Joshua, adding: ‘He is definitely one of the smartest individuals I have ever met in my whole life. I love what he stands for.

‘What I admire about him is that he’s not afraid to hold back. He could easily say, “you know what? I’ve got a career online, so I’ll keep my opinions to myself and just look after my family.”

‘But he’s going on a huge platform and sharing these opinions.’

'He's thrown away everything to expose what's going on': Josh immediately cited Pete as a hero for 'exposing and shining a light' on the pandemic

‘He’s thrown away everything to expose what’s going on’: Josh immediately cited Pete as a hero for ‘exposing and shining a light’ on the pandemic

Romel shared the same views as Joshua, adding: 'He is definitely one of the smartest individuals I have ever met in my whole life. I love what he stands for'

Romel shared the same views as Joshua, adding: ‘He is definitely one of the smartest individuals I have ever met in my whole life. I love what he stands for’

Romel defiantly continued: ‘It actually upsets me seeing the backlash he receives because the

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Arad Evans Inn to close 4 to 6 months after fire guts kitchen, private dining area

Fayetteville, N.Y. – A fire destroyed the kitchen, office and a private dining room today at the Arad Evans Inn, a restaurant that opened 25 years ago in a 19th century farmhouse.

“I think we’ll have to gut everything and rebuild,” said owner Jason Thomas of the damaged areas.

That means the restaurant could be closed for four to six months, Thomas said today, just hours after the fire.

“We’ll definitely be reopening,” he said. “You have to take it in stride.”

The fire at 7206 E. Genesee St. was reported just before noon, as a small group of staff were starting to work on dinner services.

No one was hurt, Thomas said. The main dining room was not damaged, he added.

The fire started as part of a roofing repair, Thomas said. The roofer was using a hot torch to lay down the new roof, he said. That caught a small part of the building on fire.

At first, it was small – so small the roofer tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher, Thomas said. One of Thomas’s kitchen staff members called 911, he said.

The fire moved into a crawl space between walls, Thomas said. “But it just got in a spot where it spread and the fire department couldn’t get to it fast,” he said.

It spread, and a sprinkler system in the attic helped firefighters put it out, he said.

The restaurant opened in 1995, and for the first few years it also offered overnight lodging.

In December, syracuse.com | The Post-Standard restaurant reviewer Jared Paventi raved about the restaurant’s fresh take on bistro food even as it approached its 25th anniversary.

“Arad Evans Inn has all the hallmarks of an old-school fine dining restaurant, but with quite a few modern touches. Sure, you can order escargot ($13.99) or beef Bourguignon ($18.99), but you can also find a burger made with meat from Manlius’ Side Hill Farms,” Paventi wrote.

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A fire destroyed parts of the Arad Evans Inn on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The restaurant will be closed for four to six months, the owner said.Provided by Melissa and Jason Thomas

The fire comes just a few weeks after the restaurant reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thomas said after shutting the restaurant in March, he spent about two months making improvements, including adding new equipment to the kitchen.

Arad Evans reopened in mid-June for takeout and starting in-person dining later this summer.

Now the restaurant will have to close again for months.

“You have to deal with the situation and make the best of it,” he said.

“We’ll be the bigger, stronger man,” he added, “like the 6 Million Dollar Man.”

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