MasterChef: Julie Goodwin reveals the TV opportunity she nearly turned down


MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin reveals the TV opportunity she nearly turned down: ‘Oh god, I’d never do this!’

Julie Goodwin has spoken of the TV opportunities that came her way after winning the first season of MasterChef Australia in 2009.

Her first television appearance post-MasterChef was the ‘All-Stars’ spin-off series in 2012, which she described as ‘the forgotten child’ of the franchise.

Three years later, she was a contestant on the inaugural season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, which cemented her media career.

Julie Goodwin (pictured) has spoken of the TV opportunities that came her way after winning the first season of MasterChef Australia in 2009

Julie Goodwin (pictured) has spoken of the TV opportunities that came her way after winning the first season of MasterChef Australia in 2009 

The celebrity chef, 51, told Yahoo Lifestyle she almost turned down the offer after watching the British version of the reality show.

‘You know what, I remember being asked to go on I’m a Celebrity and that was the first season so we didn’t have a reference point,’ she said.

‘So they sent me some clips of the British one to have a look at to see if I wanted to do it, and I was watching it with horror with my husband Mick [Goodwin] and I just said to him, “Oh, God, Mick, I’d never do this!”. And he went, “Yes you will.”

‘At the end of the day, Mick and I have got a pact – we won’t die wondering.’

Her first television appearance post-MasterChef was the 'All-Stars' spin-off series in 2012, which she described as 'the forgotten child' of the franchise. (Pictured being crowned winner of MasterChef in 2009 next to runner up Poh Ling Yeow, right)

Her first television appearance post-MasterChef was the ‘All-Stars’ spin-off series in 2012, which she described as ‘the forgotten child’ of the franchise. (Pictured being crowned winner of MasterChef in 2009 next to runner up Poh Ling Yeow, right)

She continued: ‘So if somebody comes to me with some other crazy scheme, then no doubt I will give it a crack.’

The cookbook author then discussed whether she would ever appear on The Masked Singer, saying she was ‘a bit long in the tooth’ for it but anything was possible.

Julie, a mother of three, was eliminated from MasterChef: Fans & Faves on Tuesday when she presented a burnt sticky date pudding to the judges.

Three years later, she was a contestant on the inaugural season of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which cemented her media career

Three years later, she was a contestant on the inaugural season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, which cemented her media career 

She said: ‘Going into it, I honestly didn’t know how it was going to roll, whether I was going to step up and be a contender or whether I would just be there and sort of wave hi to everybody and say, “Wow, this is far further than I can go” and step out pretty quickly.

‘I just know that if you’re going to do something, you give it everything you’ve got so that you can walk away without any regrets.

‘And that is honestly what’s happened. I have no regrets that I’ve left in fifth place because I know in my heart that I did my very best.’

Julie, a mother of three, was eliminated from MasterChef: Fans & Faves on Tuesday when she presented a burnt sticky date pudding to the judges

Julie, a mother of three, was eliminated from MasterChef: Fans & Faves on Tuesday when she presented a burnt sticky date pudding to the judges 

She said the remaining contestants – Billie McKay, Daniel Lamble, Keyma Vasquez Montero and Sarah Todd – were all ‘brilliant cooks’ and ‘worthy winners’.

‘I love the idea that somebody else now will get to sort of raise that trophy and have the experience of being the MasterChef winner,’ she added.

‘It feels appropriate to me and it feels fair that I’ve had this amazing part of my life for 13 years because I happened to be the lucky person who won the first season, and now I get to step back and handover and just watch with great joy and great love the remaining four battle it out.’

Julie hugged the judges (Melissa Leong, left, and Andy Allen, right) after being eliminated

Julie hugged the judges (Melissa Leong, left, and Andy Allen, right) after being eliminated

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