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

She is the original winner of MasterChef Australia and is considered one of the most accomplished home chefs in the country.

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

“I was a bit at peace with the idea that they would get me back as a novelty. A little bit of nostalgia, see who comes back, it’s the very first winner,” the 51-year-old said The Sydney Morning Herald

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

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

“I think the competition has come along, I didn’t expect to last long. And I kind of had that feeling for myself too.’

Julie said she was initially happy to enjoy the MasterChef experience for a second time, but it didn’t take long for her to get competitive.

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

“I was a bit at peace with the idea that they'd gotten me back as a novelty.  A bit of nostalgia,

“I was a bit at peace with the idea that they would get me back as a novelty. A bit of nostalgia,” Julie told The Sydney Morning Herald this week

It comes after Julie revealed that she 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 arrest for drink-driving four years ago.

Speak with women’s Day last week, Julie admitted that she feared returning to the cooking competition would be harmful to her mental health.

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

‘I didn’t just say yes. I spoke to my family, I spoke to my psychologist, and it was a deliberate decision because at the end of the day I didn’t want to go back to the bottom of a dark place,” she continued.

The mother of three, who spent five weeks in a mental health institution in 2020, worked out a coping strategy in case things got too tough mentally.

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

“They have bypassed the movie schedule so I still have my psychological appointments and can go out early in the morning to do my exercises. They’re constantly contacting me to make sure I’m okay,” she said.

Julie sent a shockwave through the culinary world four years ago when she was caught driving under the influence twice over the legal limit.

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

Julie sent a shockwave through the culinary world four years ago when she was caught driving under the influence twice over the legal limit.  (Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in May 2018)

Julie sent a shockwave through the culinary world four years ago when she was caught driving under the influence twice over the legal limit. (Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in May 2018)

After appearing in court with her husband, acknowledging it was “an error of judgment” and “accepting full responsibility,” Julie was fined $600 and banned from driving for six months.

She later revealed that she was suffering from depression and had spent five weeks in a mental institution.

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

She said she found comfort in her granddaughter Delilah.

“In the midst of that awful time, I decided I was done,” Julie said.

‘I had nothing more to do, my work here was done. There I found myself. As a result, I ended up in hospital a few times.

She later revealed that she was suffering from depression and had spent five weeks in a mental institution.  Amid her struggle for mental health, she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah

She later revealed that she was suffering from depression and had spent five weeks in a mental institution. Amid her struggle for mental health, she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah

“So I’m trying to figure out if my life isn’t over here yet, what the hell is it? Delilah is clearly a big part of that. She’s a very small person for who I want to be.’

Known for her hearty home recipes, Julie defeated runner-up Poh Ling Yeow in 2009 season one of MasterChef Australia.

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Known for her hearty home recipes, Julie defeated runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right) in 2009 season one of MasterChef Australia.

Known for her hearty home recipes, Julie defeated runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right) in 2009 season one of MasterChef Australia.

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