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Since becoming the first-ever winner of the competitive cooking reality show MasterChef over a decade ago, Australian mum-of-three Julie Goodwin has become a household name. Formerly an IT professional, Julie was thrust into the limelight and TV shows, best-selling books, radio, appearances, columns, and endorsements were all to follow. Her long-time dream of opening a cooking school was realised when she became the resident weekly cook on the Australian breakfast show Today and began her almost ten-year tenure as a monthly columnist for the Australian Women’s Weekly. When her first cookbook, Our Family Table, was published, Julie became one of Australia's best-selling authors; her book held the number one slot in the book charts for over ten weeks. She has published further cookbooks, including Heart of the Home, Gather, $20 in 20 Minutes, Homemade Takeaway and The Essential Cookbook. In 2015 Julie appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and in 2016 joined the Central Coast's Breakfast Weekday Show with Rabbit.
In 2022, Julie returned to ‘MasterChef Fans and Favourites’, where she shared her struggles with mental health over the past decade. Using her privileged position, she has vowed to keep the conversation going and is working with Beyond Blue, an Australian mental health and wellbeing support organisation.
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