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