‘My God, it all worked out’: Justine Schofield reflects on her MasterChef fame and the success she’s had since starring in the hit cooking series
Justine Schofield had no idea how much she would achieve when she first appeared on MasterChef in 2009.
Starring in the reality series’ very first season, the 35-year-old cook and author is now reflecting on her rise to fame and success since then.
Justine confessed in an interview with The Daily Telegraph this week that, at the time before her appearance, she was only looking for a “career change.”
‘My God, it all worked out’: Justine Schofield, 35, has reflected on her rise to fame on MasterChef and the success she’s had since starring in the hit cooking series
The cook, who has just released her fourth cookbook, worked for a security company before her first audition for the reality series.
Justine was soon fired from the company, but was rescued when she learned that her audition for MasterChef was successful and that she would become a contestant.
“I was like, ‘thank you, now I can go to this show about cooking,” and that’s what I really wanted to do,” she said.
What a change: The chef, who just released her fourth cookbook, worked at a security company for her first reality show audition
“And oh my god, it all worked out.”
She added that she and the other participants just wanted to cook and focus on the food.
She added: “And then there was so much less focus on the drama behind the scenes.”
The Journey After: Justine has published four cookbooks – her latest titled Slow Cook – and runs a catering business
Justine’s season of MasterChef would propel the series to one of the most watched programs on free-to-air television.
The 2009 series winner Julie Goodwin has since published several cookbooks and recipes, while runner-up Poh Ling Yeow got her own cooking show and runs a market stall.
Justine has gone on to publish four cookbooks – her latest titled Slow Cook – and runs a catering business.
The series recently concluded its thirteenth season and shows no signs of stopping once more aspiring chefs are brought into the kitchen.
Popular ratings: The series recently wrapped up its thirteenth season and shows no signs of stopping once more aspiring chefs are brought into the kitchen. Pictured: Last MasterChef season winner, Justin Narayan