QUEENSLAND soldiers David Hopgood and Scott Bradshaw lost a hard-fought battle against their South Australian comrades Leigh and Jennifer to become the seventh team eliminated from My Kitchen Rules tonight.
The teams had to battle it out in an all-in cook-off. Their challenge was to transform tonight's surprise ingredient - cheese - into a standout dish.
The jury - made up of eliminated contestants - shocked the judges and teams by selecting Leigh and Jennifer as the weakest team for their meal, four-cheese borek with parsnip scordalia.
While judge Pete Evans called it a "beautiful dish", the jurors did not agree with Angela from Western Australia likening it to "a plate of glue".
The Adelaide friends accused the jury of foul play with Leigh saying: "I wish people would just judge the food. Not because people have been doing well and they want to bring them down".
But the jury stood firm on their decision with jury spokesperson Peter, aka Dr Evil, stating: "We the jury find you guilty of not meeting the brief and laziness".
Evans and fellow judge Manu Feildel deemed Hopgood and Bradshaw as the weakest team for their seafood mornay dish, sending them straight to a sudden death clash against their good friends.
"We were expecting it," Hopgood said.
"But we weren't expecting we'd be going up against Leigh and Jennifer, that's for sure."
Both teams had to prepare their best signature dish for Evans and Feildel and guest judges Guy Grossi, Karen Martini, Tobie Puttock and Liz Egan.
With only three points separating them, Leigh and Jennifer scraped through with a score of 52/60 for their dish, mulloway with celeriac puree and buerre rough.
The Townsville mates were narrowly behind on 49 points for their lobster with gnocci and prawn sauce.
The judges commended the men on their fighting spirit.
"You both fought for your lives tonight," Evans said.
"It was evident in what we received on the plate. You will be sorely missed."
Leigh and Jennifer fought back tears as they said goodbye to the popular duo.
"If the world was full of people like them, the world would be a better place," Leigh said. "They are great Aussie blokes. We are so sad to see them go."
Hopgood and Bradshaw, who met as teenagers when they first joined the army, exited with the same dignity they displayed throughout the show.
"Even though we've left the competition, we'll remain a team forever," Hopgood said.
"I'm privileged to be his mate."
Bradshaw added: "Our experience on My Kitchen Rules has been an absolute journey. We have proved soldiers can cook."
Tomorrow night another team will go home.
The jury will have their knives out again and together with the judges will determine the two weakest teams to be sent to the sudden death cook off.
My Kitchen Rules airs Sundays to Thursdays at 7.30pm on Seven.
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