Ashlee Pham and Sophia Pou.
Ashlee Pham and Sophia Pou. Channel 7

Kitchen HQ still standing after Ashlee and Sophia's meltdown

GOING on a reality TV show can bring you fame, but not always the kind you want as My Kitchen Rules "villains" Ashlee Pham and Sophia Pou have discovered.

The queens of Asian cuisine were eliminated from the reality cooking tolast night after a drama-filled cook off against Queensland's Dan and Steph and Victoria's Sam and Chris in which Pou declared Kitchen HQ would have to "burn down" for them to lose.

After making the risky choice to cook kidney, rather than offloading the tricky ingredient to another team, Pou and Pham found themselves in a sudden death cook-off against Sam and Chris, with Dan and Steph winning a spot in the finals week with their veal dish.

"We knew it was a risk, but we knew if we executed it then it was going to be a stand out," Pou said.

"At that stage of the competition being safe doesn't get you far, you know? Yeah it was a big risk and it didn't pay off in the end, but we still got such good feedback. The fact that we didn't get through was not because we're bad cooks, it's just the nature of competition. One bad move can determine the outcome."

Ashlee and Sophia falter in their sudden death cook-off.
Ashlee and Sophia falter in their sudden death cook-off. Channel 7

Nicknamed the "dragon ladies" by their fellow contestants for their competitive nature, Pou and Pham were initially surprised by the negative backlash they received as gatecrashers during the instant restaurant rounds.

"In the beginning it was hard not to (look at social media), and it was so negative," Pou said.

"It was warped the perception people had. It's a little bit scary. They don't realise it's a TV show at the end of the day.

"I definitely don't read it anymore. I live in naïve bliss. Unless you've done the show you'll never be able to relate."

The Sydneysiders had fierce rivalries with fellow gatecrashers Angela and Melina and Adelaide's Jenna and Joanna but they did walk away with a friendship with Hervey Bay's Dan and Steph.

"I have always said if it wasn't Ash and I taking out that check the I want it to be Dan and Steph," Pou said.

"They are so genuine. They're really intelligent people who can think for themselves.

"They were always good to us… we had so many laughs with those two."

But the dragon ladies still have one more chance to get back into the finals.

Sunday's final Comeback Kitchen cook off will see Pou and Pham compete against their old rivals Angela and Melina and Tasmania's Mick and Matt.

"We were so shell shocked," Pou said.

"We were in the process of mourning our exit from the competition.

"To be thrown back into the mix in that manner was very hard."

Pou said she plans to write and publish a cook book after the show finishes.

"I already write, so it's just an extension of that," she said.

"I'm still coming up with recipes."

My Kitchen Rules continues tomorrow at 7.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm on Seven.

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