Julie Goodwin is the epitome of the busy Australian mum and the nation’s favourite home cook. In 2009, a record-breaking 4 million Australians tuned in to watch her become the first ever winner of ‘MasterChef’. Viewers loved her honesty, sense of humour and humble cooking style, and when her first cookbook, Our Family Table, was published, she became one of Australia’s best-selling authors; her book held the number one slot in the book charts for over 10 weeks. Julie’s family-focused style of cooking and ‘mum next door’ persona made has turned her passion into a hugely successful career.
Shortly after winning ‘MasterChef’, Julie became a regular guest on Nine’s top-rated breakfast show ‘Today’ and began writing her regular recipe columns for Australian Women’s Weekly which continues today. She then went on to publish a further four books, Heart of the Home, Gather, $20 in 20 minutes. Her fifth book ‘Homemade Takeaway’ is due for publication late 2015.
In 2012, Julie dusted off her MasterChef apron for charity and appeared in ‘MasterChef All Stars’. She finished in the top four, winning an incredible $20,000 in the process. Her third cookbook, Gather, was released in late March 2013. It celebrates food that brings people together around the family table.
A native Sydneysider, Julie’s first career was as a youth worker. She spent many years presenting workshops in schools across Australia before working at a juvenile detention centre on Sydney’s Central Coast. After having three boys in quick succession, Julie and her husband Michael started their own IT Company, which they built into a success through hard work and determination.
7 years on having turned her MasterChef win into a hugely successful media career with TV, books, and columns etc. Julie Goodwin is still a household name. In 2014 Julie launched her first solo project ‘Julie’s Place – Cooking School’ on the Central Coast NSW. In 2015 Julie became a regular guest breakfast host on the Central Coasts Star 104.5FM and made the gutsy move to head into the South African Jungle on ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ to compete for her chosen charity, Cure for MND Foundation.
Always one to get behind a good cause, Julie currently supports several charities and is a proud ambassador for the McGrath Foundation, Oxfam and ChildFund. She lives on the NSW Central Coast with her husband and three sons.