He cooked up debate when he told his girlfriend to "shut up and listen" during one of the high-pressure challenges of My Kitchen Rules.
But *Josh Geard *said his clashes with *Danielle Najda *on the hit Seven show were all part of the process and they remained loved-up behind closed doors.
"We do often bicker a bit in the kitchen but I think we made a plan after every challenge to just go home and talk about it and tell each other we love each other and that it's only a competition," the Victorian explained to _Access All Areas _after their elimination last night.
"It could have gone the other way - (the show) can certainly break relationships. But we learnt how to deal with each other in a better way."
It's been a busy week for Geard and Najda, both 27, who flew from their Melbourne base to NSW over the weekend to be by the side of fellow contestants *"Cooky" Carly * *Saunders * and *Tresne Middleton *as they deal with the fallout from their decision to go public with their romance.
Geard said they would do anything to support the two women, whom they met during the gatecrasher round of the cooking quest.
"It's a tough thing to be able to come out to Australia and let everyone know about your relationship," the former AFL player said.
"We were close with them throughout the competition, and we still are so, we said to them, 'We will stand by your side; let us know whatever you need and we will be there'."
Meanwhile, the "experimental foodies" are bringing their scientific culinary creations to life with a string of pop-up restaurants set to spring up around Melbourne later this year.
But molecular gastronomy won't be the only thing dominating the menu.
"We want to make the dining experience a bit of theatre too so people aren't just going in for a feed," Geard said.