MasterChef Australia: Julie Goodwin consulted her psychologist before return


Julie Goodwin reveals she consulted her psychologist before agreeing to return to MasterChef – following her drink driving arrest and breakdown: ‘I didn’t want to be back in a dark place’

Julie Goodwin has revealed she consulted her psychologist before agreeing to join MasterChef Australia: Fans V Faves this year.

The celebrity chef, 51, who won the first season of MasterChef in 2009, has been open about her battle with anxiety and depression following her drink-driving arrest four years ago.

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

Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured) has revealed she consulted her psychologist before agreeing to join MasterChef Australia: Fans V Faves this year

 Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured) has revealed she consulted her psychologist before agreeing to join MasterChef Australia: Fans V Faves this year

‘[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.

Speaking to Woman's Day on Monday, the inaugural MasterChef winner admitted she feared returning to the cooking competition would be detrimental to her mental health

Speaking to Woman’s Day on Monday, the inaugural MasterChef winner admitted she feared returning to the cooking competition would be detrimental to her mental health 

‘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.

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

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

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.

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)

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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