Dish­ing the dirt

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It was state­ments like these in the early days of the show which saw Twit­ter light up with not-so-nice com­ments about the duo.

But Pali is adamant that she al­ways knew the pub­lic would come around.

“I knew we’d end up loved be­cause we’re not bad peo­ple, we made friends on the show,” she says.

“With life ex­pe­ri­ence, you are al­ways judged ini­tially and I def­i­nitely am based on my ap­pear­ance. Even in law be­cause it is such a cut­throat in­dus­try. I’m fine with peo­ple ini­tially judg­ing me — when they get to know me, they get to know the real me. “It doesn’t af­fect me.” Also, un­like other so-called vil­lains who have come be­fore them on the show, Pali says she laughs off any crit­i­cism, pre­fer­ring to fight back with the food they dish up ev­ery chal­lenge.

And dish up they have. Not only did they win their in­stant restau­rant round in the early stages of the show, but they’ve gone on to dec­i­mate the com­pe­ti­tion over sev­eral sud­den death chal­lenges and re­ceived plenty of high praise from the judges along the way.

“Most years when there’s an out­spo­ken char­ac­ter they un­der­per­form, like, it’s quite em­bar­rass­ing,” Pali says of their ride on the show.

“I think our turn­ing point for Aus­tralia was when we ac­tu­ally per­formed. It was a dif­fer­ent for­mula this year … Usu­ally the char­ac­ters who are the most out­spo­ken fail.”

And far from cring­ing when she watches her­self tongue lash the com­pe­ti­tion — and, on oc­ca­sion, her hus­band — dur­ing the show, Pali says she and Ro­mano are left in tears of laugh­ter.

“I find it hi­lar­i­ous,” she says. ““I think it makes great TV, to b be hon­est.”

With just weeks left to go u un­til the fi­nale, Pali and Ro­mano are coy as to how their time on the show will end.

While both say they en­tered to get the food of Mon­tene­gro — Pali’s heritage — on the culi­nary map in Aus­tralia, they’re not plan­ning to quit their day jobs any time soon.

Pali would like to open a restau­rant with her fa­ther, although both she and Ro­mano are adamant they won’t be cook­ing in it.

“There’s no Balkan food here in Aus­tralia that is good,” she de­clares in typ­i­cally bald-faced Pali-speak. “So I’d like to open up a restau­rant with tra­di­tional Mon­tene­grin cui­sine.”

“I’m never one to shy away from a chal­lenge, I’m very

com­pet­i­tive”

GIANNI RO­MANO ON

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