Two women competing in a cooking contest last week revealed that they are gay and committed to each other.

Tresne Middleton, 29, and Carly Saunders, 32, stars of the Australian network Channel 7's My Kitchen Rules, initially appeared on the reality show as best friends.

The couple went public with their relationship in an exclusive interview with New Idea magazine. Photos of the happy couple as they celebrated a 2012 commitment ceremony accompanied the story.

The women told SunriseOn7 that their decision to publicly come out was not something that was planned but that happened “organically.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

On Monday, the women lost a cook-off on the show and were ousted.

“It hasn't been easy,” Saunders, a school teacher, said Monday of coming out. “Some of the public has been, oh I don't know, nasty. We're trying to be really positive about it but yeah it hasn't been that easy.”

“Realistically, we think we made the right choice. There's been a bit of backlash. … We don't like the L-word, by the way.”