Italian cuisine was deemed their speciality but it seems Angela Kennedy and Melina Bagnato were outshone by their younger counterparts, Queensland brother/sister duo Jake and Elle Harrison, during last night's sudden-death cook-off on My Kitchen Rules, which saw the Victorian housewives eliminated from the reality cooking competition.
While at first it seemed as though it was an even playing field, with both teams earning equal praise from the judging table for their entrees and mains, the Sunshine Coast siblings managed to edge ahead of the flamboyant "Italian mammas" with their impressive dessert - a mouth-watering plate of chocolate molten cake served with coffee and fig ice-cream.
Despite losing the challenge to the Harrisons, Bagnato told AAA there were no hard feelings.
"We're not like that, we weren't thinking 'Oh those little cocky s...s, they won over us'," she said. "At the end of the day, if you cook better than us or we cook better than you, that's going to happen.
"I mean, on the night, their dessert just caned ours. But I'm actually pretty proud of us because we went up against, in our opinion, the biggest competition. So to go up against them and to be only just beaten and get good feedback from the judges, I was pretty stoked."
Despite some critics labelling the on-screen drama as scripted, Bagnato insisted her and Kennedy's feud with Cabramatta besties Ashlee Pou and Sophia Pham was the real deal.
"There's no editing in that scenario - there's definitely no exaggeration with our dislike towards each other," she explained. "But the funny thing was, at least we were bold enough and courageous enough to say it to their face. Whereas they didn't say anything to us on or off camera, they sort of just ignored us.
"At the end of the day, Angela and I both think it's funny. We'd call each other at the end of each episode and go 'Did you just hear what they said?' If their biggest dream in their lives is for us to go to sudden death, then, wow, they must have a really boring life.
"In our reality, we're pretty lucky, we've got great lives, we're businesswomen, we're mums, we've got husbands, we're happily married."
Though she admitted they weren't the strongest team, Bagnato said she was grateful to be a part of the MKR experience.
"After all that hard work and all that stress and all that anxiety, to come home with a different perspective on my own life, it was such a buzz," she said."But to be honest, even getting accepted (on the show) was pretty massive. I mean so many thousands of people apply and for us to get in, honestly, that's probably one of the biggest buzzes I've had since giving birth."
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