Julie Goodwin is a well-known and respected Australian, she made a name for herself after winning the inaugural season of MasterChef Australian in 2009.
In 2009, Julie defeated Poh Ling Yeow, a Malaysian-born Australian cook, in the final, she was then selected from over 7,000 applicants on the first series of Masterchef Australia. In 2010, she appeared in a weekly cooking segment on the Today Program.
Julie hasn’t kept her mental health from the public, as she is known as the first Australian Master Chef who publicly discussed her mental health struggles.
Julie Goodwin is currently a contestant on the show’s Fans v faves spinoff, as she stated that her anxiety was so bad at one point that she couldn’t set foot in the kitchen after being admitted to a mental health unit.
On the Thursday night’s episode, she spoke about her life in the 13 years since she won the first season. She is the author of six cookbooks, runs a cooking school, and features on radio and television.
Previously, the talented cook shared her anxiety and depression, which she has lived with “on and off over many years” until she was put on medication in 2019.
In 2020, Goodwin was voluntarily hospitalized for five weeks. She stated how she had to do some serious assessment of her health and well-being, and she reached such a point in her life where she lost her joy.
Julie Goodwin has also opened up about her mental health deteriorating, which eventually affected her career and further robbed her of her enthusiasm for her profession. She recalls how hard it really had been for her even to consider walking into the kitchen.
In a similar vein, Julie was also arrested and charged twice with driving while intoxicated beyond the legal limit four years ago in April 2018. As a result, she has had a substantial challenge in her life.
In an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly published earlier this month, the Australian cook stated that she felt suicidal. In 2020, she wrote a letter to the stations’ listeners to explain her extended absence from her radio show.
She explained her struggle with depression and stress and her subsequent hospitalization. She has always been vocal about her highs and lows with her mental health to the public.
Julie Goodwin shocked her listeners when she suddenly disappeared from her radio show in 2020, later revealing her absence as she sought treatment in a mental health ward amid a crippling bout of anxiety and depression.
She also shared how other patients she met while receiving mental health treatment in the hospital inspired her in a candid new interview with new.com.au.
Goodwin also opened up about her recovery from acute depression, which she struggled with after spending five weeks in a mental health facility in 2020.
Exercise, medication, and counseling are among the self-care that Goodwin approaches for maintaining sound mental health.
Even though the previous year has been very traumatic for her, the birth of her first grandchild has given her hope for the future. The name of the cute little angel is Delilah Marlene.
Julie Goodwin is currently a participant in the Fans v Faves spinoff. Thursday night’s episode was quite emotional for the Australian cook as she shared her battle with anxiety and depression.
The newly-minter grandmother also revealed the birth of her first grandchild and stated it as a precious gift that has given her another lease on life.
Goodwin also shares an adorable selfie of herself and her husband, Mick, cuddling up to the new family member, their first grandchild, Delilah Marlene.