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MasterChef Australia: Julie Goodwin consulted her psychologist before return

Julie Goodwin reveals she consulted her psychologist before agreeing to return to MasterChef – after her arrest and breakdown for drunk driving: ‘I didn’t want to go back to a dark place’

Julie Goodwin has revealed that 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 arrest for drink-driving four years ago.

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

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

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

†[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 it became too difficult mentally.

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

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

“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.

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

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

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.

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)

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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