MasterChef alum Julie Goodwin reveals what it’s really returning to the Channel 10 cooking show


MasterChef Australia’s Julie Goodwin reveals how she embraced her ‘competitive spirit’ while competing for a second time: ‘I wasn’t gonna just lie down’

She’s the original MasterChef Australia winner and regarded as one of the country’s most accomplished home cooks.

And on Sunday, Julie Goodwin revealed what it was really like returning to the kitchen for the Channel 10 cooking show.

‘I was kind of at peace with the idea that they’d got me back as a bit of a novelty. A bit of nostalgia, look who’s coming back, it’s the very first winner,’ the 51-year-old told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured) has spoken about her competitive side and what it was really like filming MasterChef Australia: Fans V Faves this year

Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured) has spoken about her competitive side and what it was really like filming MasterChef Australia: Fans V Faves this year

‘I think the competition has moved along, there was no expectation that I was going to stick around for long. And I kind of had that feeling for myself as well.’

Julie said she was initially happy to just enjoy the MasterChef experience for a second time, but it wasn’t too long until she became competitive.

‘I’ve got a fairly competitive spirit, so I wasn’t gonna just lie down. And what I found in my first season was if you have your ears open and your mind open and you’re willing to take advice and learn and grow, that you can keep up,’ she explained.

'I was kind of at peace with the idea that they’d got me back as a bit of a novelty. A bit of nostalgia,' Julie told The Sydney Morning Herald this week

‘I was kind of at peace with the idea that they’d got me back as a bit of a novelty. A bit of nostalgia,’ Julie told The Sydney Morning Herald this week

It comes after Julie revealed that she’d consulted her psychologist before agreeing to join MasterChef Australia : Fans V Faves this year.

Goodwin has been open about her battle with anxiety and depression following her drink-driving arrest four years ago.

Speaking to Woman’s Day last week, Julie admitted she feared returning to the cooking competition would be detrimental to her mental health.

‘[My mental health] was a massive discussion when I was asked to do [MasterChef],’ the cookbook author explained.

‘I didn’t just say yes. I talked to my family, I talked to my psychologist, and it was a decision that was made in a very considered way because at the end of the day, I didn’t want to be back at the bottom of a dark place,’ she continued. 

The mother of three, who spent five weeks at a mental health facility in 2020, worked out a coping strategy in case things became too mentally taxing.

'I've got a fairly competitive spirit, so I wasn't gonna just lie down. And what I found in my first season was if you have your ears open and your mind open and you're willing to take advice and learn and grow, that you can keep up,' she explained

‘I’ve got a fairly competitive spirit, so I wasn’t gonna just lie down. And what I found in my first season was if you have your ears open and your mind open and you’re willing to take advice and learn and grow, that you can keep up,’ she explained

‘They’ve worked around the filming schedule to allow me to still have my psychology appointments and to get out early in the morning to do my exercise. They touch base with me constantly to make sure I’m okay,’ she said.

Julie sent shockwaves through the culinary world four years ago when she was charged with drink driving twice over the legal limit.

She was caught after trying to evade a police breath test.

Julie sent shockwaves through the culinary world four years ago when she was charged with drink driving twice over the legal limit. (Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in May 2018)

Julie sent shockwaves through the culinary world four years ago when she was charged with drink driving twice over the legal limit. (Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in May 2018)

After fronting up at court with her husband and acknowledging it was ‘an error in judgment’ and ‘accepting full responsibility’, Julie was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.

She later revealed she had been suffering from depression and spent five weeks in a mental health facility.

Julie spoke about about her battle with depression in an interview with the Australian Women’s Weekly in 2020.

She said she found comfort in her baby granddaughter, Delilah. 

‘In the midst of that really awful time I had decided that I was done,’ Julie said. 

‘I had nothing left to do, my work here was done. That’s where I found myself. That landed me in hospital a bunch of times.

She later revealed she had been suffering from depression and spent five weeks in a mental health facility. Amid her mental health battle, she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah

She later revealed she had been suffering from depression and spent five weeks in a mental health facility. Amid her mental health battle, she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah

‘So, I’m trying to figure out if my life here is not done, then what the hell is it? Delilah is obviously a massive part of that. She’s a tiny little human who I want to be around for.’ 

Julie, who is known for her hearty home recipes, famously beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow on season one of MasterChef Australia in 2009.

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Julie, who is known for her hearty home recipes, famously beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right) on season one of MasterChef Australia in 2009

Julie, who is known for her hearty home recipes, famously beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right) on season one of MasterChef Australia in 2009 

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