Julie Goodwin reveals her biggest fear about returning to the MasterChef kitchen: ‘My livelihood depends on my reputation’
Inaugural MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin has admitted returning contestants feel a ‘certain amount of pressure’ when they return to the show.
The cookbook author, 51, said coming back to the kitchen puts veteran contestants under extra scrutiny because their livelihoods ‘depend on their reputation’.
Julie even consulted a psychologist before signing on to appear on MasterChef: Fans V Faves this year to make she was in a good headspace.
Inaugural MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin (pictured) has admitted returning contestants feel a ‘certain amount of pressure’ when they return to the show
As the most high-profile cook to return to MasterChef this season, Julie felt anxious about returning to the spotlight.
She told Woman’s Day: ‘There’s a certain amount of pressure on all returning contestants. It’s a risk to put ourselves out there in public.’
The celebrity chef explained that many high-profile MasterChef alumni now work in the food industry, so face additional pressure to perform on camera.
Julie’s initial joy at winning the coveted title was later overclouded by a battle with depression and anxiety
Despite her initial anxiety, Julie said her second run on the show had been a positive experience, adding: ‘Meeting guest chefs on the show is one of the great privileges of being here.’
Julie’s successful run on MasterChef’s first season in 2009 saw her narrowly beat Poh Ling Yeow to take out the title.
Her victory was later overshadowed by a public battle with depression and anxiety.
Despite her initial anxiety, Julie said her second run on the show has been a positive experience
She spent six weeks in a mental health facility in 2020.
The mother of three admitted the prospect of returning to the cooking competition led to fears she could relapse into poor mental health.
Julie said close consultation with her family and a psychologist convinced her returning was the right decision.
Julie’s successful run on MasterChef’s first season in 2009 saw her narrowly beat Poh Ling Yeow (right) to take out the title