I don’t think you can pre­pare your­self for it. It’s like child­birth – Queens­land friends Della and Tully com­pare notes on My Kitchen Rules

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Yin and yang, fire and wa­ter, night and day and now, Della and Tully. The pair, who met in Mackay in 2010, will cook for Queens­land this Sun­day on My Kitchen Rules and, while their per­son­al­i­ties are po­lar op­po­sites, they com­ple­ment each other per­fectly.

“I put a lot of pres­sure on my­self to per­form well and we’ve got our roles in the kitchen, but I’m def­i­nitely the pas­sion­ate foodie that gets re­ally caught up in it all,” says Mal­tese-Ital­ian fire­cracker Della Whearty, who lived on the Gold Coast while study­ing at Bond Univer­sity. “I don’t like fail­ure, ei­ther, so when we were cook­ing there was al­ways that pres­sure not to fail.”

Tully (whose first name is Sarah but prefers to go by her sur­name) keeps her cool.

“I’m a bit more re­laxed, I’m a bit more like ‘We’ll be fine, let’s just chill out and keep our per­spec­tive’.”

While fiery women are often tarred as vil­lains on re­al­ity TV, it’s hard to imag­ine 30-year-old Della in any other light than hi­lar­i­ously bub­bly.

“They told us to tone down the swear­ing on the show, but it was funny be­cause in­stead we’d be say­ing things like ‘Oh drats!’,’Oh deary me!’ ‘Whoopsy daisy!’ and they’d be like ‘Just go back to swear­ing, you sound like id­iots’,” she says. “My real job is a con­struc­tion lawyer, I’m sur­rounded by con­struc­tion boys, so I can’t get a point across un­less I swear.

“My birth­day is the day af­ter it airs, so let’s just say I will be very hun­gover – whether it’s out of cel­e­bra­tion you’ll have to wait and see.”

Like many main­stream re­al­ity cook­ing shows, the entertainment comes from a mix­ture of food and drama, and what group two dishes up sounds spicy.

“Go­ing on, we knew there’s al­ways drama and we had the idea to just sit back, not get in­volved and have a good laugh,” Della says. “But then when it was all hap­pen­ing we re­alised it might not be so easy.

“We were kind of like ...‘What do we do?’ “So we just drank,” Tully in­ter­jects.

Fem­i­nism is tipped to be a com­mon thread.

“There’s a lot of strong women around the table,” Tully says. “They’re mak­ing a TV show so they’re putting you in a room with peo­ple with all dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, be­liefs, and back­grounds, and there’s def­i­nitely some moral clashes.”

“We didn’t re­alise we were fem­mos un­til then,” Della laughs. “At some points there def­i­nitely is a girls v boys vibe. Ac­tu­ally, mainly girls v boy, one boy.”

Drama aside, this Sun­day the girls do what they came to do –cook.

“It’s re­ally hard to ex­plain the pres­sure,” Tully says.

“There’s a lot of peo­ple there – con­tes­tants, crew, judges – and they’re all there re­ly­ing on you or wait­ing for you. You think you’re pre­pared but you can’t be.”

“It’s like a uni exam where you know what they’re go­ing to ask and you know what you’ve got to do but you walk out think­ing ‘I think I just flunked that’,” Della de­scribes.

“I don’t think you can pre­pare your­self for it – it’s like child­birth. And I’ve been through child­birth, I’d rather do that again.”

While they’re tight lipped on the out­come, both women are proud of them­selves.

“All we wanted to do is show we can have fun, be friends and cook de­li­cious food,” Della says.

And if you’re watch­ing from Mackay and hear a bit of noise com­ing from down the street, don’t worry, it’s just Della’s fam­ily. “I have 60 first cousins, 28 aun­ties and un­cles, and there’ll be about 300 peo­ple watch­ing and they all love MKR. They all love Manu. If Manu ever went to Mackay his cheeks would be pinched off.” My Kitchen Rules, Sun­day 7pm, Chan­nel Seven.

Picture: Mike Bat­ter­ham

Della Whearty and Sarah Tully at Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads.

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