Dishing the dirt
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
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