Joanna Stirn, left, and Jenna Jaede.

They're the domestic goddesses who have already unveiled their plan to "sugar coat" their My Kitchen Rules opponents with their super sweet personalities.

But despite admitting to game-playing tactics, South Australian mother-of-two *Joanna Stirn *insists that she and her cooking accomplice *Jenna Jaede *are not taking the bitchy, back-stabbing approach.

Speaking to _AAA _ ahead of the duo's instant restaurant episode, which airs on Seven/GWN7 at 7.30pm today, Stirn maintained that they had remained true to themselves throughout the show.

"We critique the food, not the people, apart from perhaps a few comments that were thrown around," she said. "We are not strategic people. We're competitive, yes, but it's common sense that, when cooking last, we don't want to burn any bridges with anybody. We never had trouble with anyone anyway. We were honest with everybody.

"There wasn't any fakeness towards any of the other contestants. We are who we are and I'll say it how it was about the food, to be completely honest. That's how it was."

Opening up about the on-screen rivalry with former *Busselton * beauty queens *Lisa * and *Candice Clarke *, * *Stirn said that, while they were competitive, it wasn't as dramatic it has appeared.

"It wasn't that bad. I mean at the end of the day, it was us or them," she said. "But at any point in the competition, it was anyone who could be at the bottom of the leader board.

"(The producers) made such a big deal about us going head-to-head but we were in the same position as anybody else who was cooking, fearing that we wouldn't get the scores to keep us from being at the bottom of the leader board."

A mother to children aged two and four, Stirn said it was difficult being away from home while filming the show.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever done and I look back now and I don't know how I got through it," she said. "But I think that our determination to do our best in the competition is what kept us both going.

"I think the longest I'd ever been away from them was a night but it was a huge shock in their routine with the dad because my husband looked after them. But we all survived it."

She also admitted that her motherly instinct kicked in when it came to comforting Jaede during her kitchen meltdowns, some of which have already been shown during the series promos.

"To me, it just comes naturally," she said. "I guess if that's the way you look at it, my instinct was to protect her and encourage her and that's how it was the entire time we were on the show."

While we'll have to wait until tonight to find out how Stirn and "dessert queen" Jaede will fare in the cook-off, Stirn admitted that the pressure was on given they were the last team to host their instant restaurant.

"We'd already been to all the other instant restaurants. We saw how much pressure there was so that's what scared us the most," she said. "So it was just about surviving the pressure."

VANESSA WILLIAMS

'We critique the food, not the people, apart from perhaps a few comments that were thrown around.'

The West Australian

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