They have been portrayed as the villains on My Kitchen Rules' latest season but WA contestants Chloe James and Kelly Ramsay say many of their sharp comments have been taken out of context.
The Perth duo had been shown talking up their world travels and cooking technique prior to their instant restaurant challenge last night.
However, once plated up, their unusual menu choices of rabbit and snail paella and a three-cheese entree had the judges and fellow teams divided.
The girls narrowly skipped elimination when their total score of 49/110 put them in second-last place, only two points ahead of eliminated ACT contestants Andrew Hinge and Emelia Vimalasiri, below.
Though they do not deny any of their controversial on-screen quips, James and Ramsay maintain any eye-rolling was always directed at each other and tongue-in-cheek comments had instead been interpreted as scathing remarks during the editing process.
"A lot of the time we are joking with each other and we are being sarcastic, we were not having a go at anyone," Ramsay explains to Access All Areas.
"Every show needs a villain and I guess people have chosen us this year."
James adds: "We can't say we didn't say any of it - we did.
"But I would never, ever roll my eyes at someone getting a low score. The only person I ever roll my eyes at is Kelly."
It was perhaps the WA team's dessert that caused the most uproar last night, with several contestants accusing Ramsay and James of cheating by using store- bought puff pastry.
James admits they were shocked at all the "hoo-ha" around their final dish.
"Many restaurants don't make their own puff pastry," the 28-year-old says.
"We made our own stock, we de-boned our own rabbit. It was like, what more technique do you want to see?"
Despite saying their first go cooking on the smash-hit Seven contest was a "massive wake-up call" for both of them, Ramsay, 27, insists their boundary-pushing main dish was true to their style.
"I love giving people new food and new experiences and for me that dish was something exciting that most people wouldn't have eaten before," she says.
"If one more person out there decides to eat rabbit because of our dish, I will be really happy."
And now they are safe from the chopping block for a few more weeks, James says she hopes the public will learn more about who they are.
"No one has ever mentioned the fact that I have a little boy and I am a mum first," she says.
"Things get lost in translation but hopefully Australia will get to know the real us."
Now all teams from Group One have completed the instant restaurant challenge, it's the turn of Group Two when My Kitchen Rules returns today at 7.30pm on Seven/GWN7.