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  • Published: 23 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761341151
  • Imprint: Ebury Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $36.99
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Your Time Starts Now

Food and fame, failure and freedom: the life story of Australia’s first MasterChef




The extraordinary life story of Australia's beloved Julie Goodwin, first winner of MasterChef and bestselling cookbook author

Julie Goodwin was catapulted into our hearts as the first-ever winner of MasterChef Australia. In many ways her win was unlikely. As a child Julie adored music and art, but her career began in youth work, including in a juvenile detention centre housing troubled boys and a toxic all-male staff. After her three sons were born, she and her husband started an IT business.

Then came MasterChef – a record-breaking juggernaut of a show. The attention and opportunities that flowed from Julie’s win were thrilling and overwhelming. She became a columnist for Australian Women’s Weekly, a presenter on Today, published numerous cookbooks and made appearances on many shows including facing off with snakes and alligators on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! For years she co-hosted an award-winning breakfast radio show, and she opened a thriving cooking school.

It was by all appearances, a successful, rewarding life. But under the surface relentless pressure from Julie’s outer and inner worlds was taking its toll. Struggling with depression, anxiety and addiction, with bushfires blazing and lockdowns looming, Julie found herself hospitalised in a mental health unit.

Her recovery, bumpy and circuitous, is an ongoing process that Julie tackles with tenacity. In this gloriously candid, deeply moving memoir, filled with beautiful food, astonishing people, humour and heart, Julie writes with brutal honesty about her struggles. We are brought into her story, into her unravelling and quest for healing as she seeks to resume a richly lived life.

  • Published: 23 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761341151
  • Imprint: Ebury Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $36.99
Categories:

About the author

Julie Goodwin

Since becoming Australia’s first MasterChef, Central Coast mum-of-three Julie Goodwin has become a household name. Formerly an IT professional, she wrote a monthly column for the Australian Women's Weekly for ten years, is a bestselling cookbook author.

In 2015 Julie appeared on ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ and in 2016 Julie she joined the Central Coast's Breakfast Weekday Show with Rabbit, 4 years’ worth of laughs and positivity.

In 2022 ‘Jules the OG’ burst back onto our screens in ‘MasterChef Fans and Favourites’ with that same quick-witted sense of humour and trademark honesty. She wowed the Judges (again) with her classic but perfectly executed dishes, securing herself a spot in the top 5, and Australia fell in love with her all over again. This time it wasn’t just her cooking that had Australia talking, but also her openness and willingness to share her struggles with mental health over the past decade. Using her privileged position of profile, Julie has vowed to keep the conversation going and is working with Beyond Blue.
Her first cookbook, Our Family Table, is one of the highest selling cookbooks in Australian history.

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