End of the road for Quilpie’s re­al­ity TV cook­ing show star

Western Times - - NEWS - Cas Garvey

MY KITCHEN Rules duo Della and Tully were elim­i­nated on Mon­day night in a sud­den death cook-off be­tween mother and daugh­ter pair, Va­lerie and Court­ney.

While it was dis­ap­point­ing to not reach the semi-fi­nals, Della says it was fan­tas­tic they went out on such a high note.

“The chal­lenge was ‘right your wrongs’ and Pete and Manu chose a dish we had flunked on and we had to im­prove it; so of course they picked the quail for Tully and I from our first in­stant restau­rant,” Della said.

“Iron­i­cally, the cous cous was good on the night and the quail was bad on our first one. This time, the quail was per­fect, we changed the dish around, they loved what we did but in my rush I put too much dress­ing in the cous cous and it was soggy.

“Small er­ror. They loved the dish, loved the quail but the cous cous sent us to sud­den death.”

Mon­day night was the first time through­out the com­pe­ti­tion the pair faced sud­den death.

“That was re­ally hard; we’d avoided sud­den death and fought our way, got to the top six and we thought ‘we could do this’,” she said

“Tim and Kyle had been to sud­den death, Amy and Tyson had been to sud­den death so we were stack­ing up as good odds (to win).”

Della says mak­ing it to the semi-fi­nals was her goal from the be­gin­ning.

“Well ob­vi­ously you dream you can win it but I thought to get to the semis; peo­ple remember those teams re­ally well,” she said.

“We both did re­ally well, pro­duced killer dishes, Pete and Manu said they didn’t want to make the de­ci­sion and it was re­ally hard.

“But hav­ing said that, I’m re­ally proud to go out on our best. And if some­one’s best beats your best, it’s a fair fight.

“It would’ve been worse to go out and say ‘we did so bad’ ... it’s hard to be up­set. Pete said it was two 10/10 dishes so, how do you pick?”

The girls cooked Della’s sig­na­ture dish and the one they au­di­tioned with for the show: a miso-crusted wagyu fil­let with tem­pura ve­g­ies, two dip­ping sauces and bone mar­row.

“We kept that up our sleeve the whole com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“The minute they said we were in sud­den death, Val and Court­ney tossed and turned about what to cook but we knew right away and thought yep let’s do it.

“We’ve made that dish for friends, I can’t wait to see friends’ re­ac­tions who say ‘I’ve eaten that dish at Della’s house!’”

Judge Pete Evans told the pair it was a grand fi­nal wor­thy dish, which was “kind of a hard pill to swal­low” for both Della and Tully.

“But to go out to such a lovely team, a mother and daugh­ter duo from Queens­land, it felt right and we were re­ally proud of our­selves and it was re­ally great to go out like that,” she said.


WHO RULES: Della and Tully com­peted in the third quar­ter fi­nal of My Kitchen Rules that aired on Sun­day, April 23.

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