My Kitchen Rules darlings Bianca Johnston and Thalia Papadakis have graduated from reality show losers to local market mavericks.
Their chicken liver pate, which was a knockout with judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans, is a sell-out hit at a Sunday market in Hobart.
The pair’s selling success at home has softened the crash-landing of being eliminated from the Seven Network series on Wednesday night.
Johnston and Papadakis officially finished fifth after having the lowest score for the instant restaurant challenge.
With just four teams remaining, the semi-finals start on Sunday with teachers Paul and Blair taking on well-travelled friends Chloe and Kelly.
And twins Helena and Vikki cook-off against SA mum Bree and Jessica with the grand final on Tuesday.
Papadakis says it was tough bowing out on the eve of the semi-finals but appearing on the show has not been a total waste of time.
They can’t keep up with the demand for their pate at the Farm Gate market and they intend developing more flavours and selling some sauces.
“We sell out in an hour and a half each week and then we stand there for the next three hours telling them we’ll be back next week,” Papadakis told AAP.
“We started selling it after the show aired … we spend all day Saturday making pate, sometimes until one in the morning, while our friends are out partying.”
Besides the market stall, the two full-time students also have part-time jobs.
Papadakis, 22, works at men’s store and Johnstone, 21, works for a printing company.
The pair came unstuck on MKR when they had a meltdown in the kitchen during their instant restaurant challenge on Monday.
They struggled with their meals and Johnston dropped one of the desserts while she was making her way down the stairs to serve the contestants and the tears flowed, uncontrollably.
Papadakis said it was tough to watch.
“It was pretty horrific watching yourself back. I was a total mess,” she said.
“I have kind of blocked the whole night out.”
The Tassie besties could have easily have gone rogue after the night of disaster and served up low points to their opposition for the final two instant restaurant challenges to stay alive.
But they didn’t, even offering six points out of ten to Helena and Vikki.
“We weren’t going to, after months of being friends, turn around and give them a low score,” Papadakis said.
“We’d rather be eliminated than do that.
“We wanted to stick to our morals … we came here to cook well, not give other people crap scores.”