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MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin breaks down in tears as her first dish gets tasted


Julie Goodwin broke down in tears after presenting her Shish Tawook dish for the judges to taste on Monday night’s episode, as she made her return to TV after her arrest for drink driving and mental health struggles. 

The cook, 51, shocked fans as she appeared clearly wracked with nerves as she presented the Lebanese-style recipe to Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo. 

Julie fought back tears as she explained she felt a rush of the adrenaline and nerves as she found her feet in the kitchen, having returned to the show after winning her season back in 2009. 

Fans commented that she looked ‘stressed’ and ‘nervous’ and urged her on saying ‘you’ve got nothing to prove’ on Twitter. 

Sweet: MasterChef's Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured) broke down as her first dish got tasted by the judges, who offered her heartfelt support during the premiere on Monday

Sweet: MasterChef’s Julie Goodwin, 51, (pictured) broke down as her first dish got tasted by the judges, who offered her heartfelt support during the premiere on Monday

‘I loved it, and I felt that fantastic adrenaline rush, but also those nerves, man, they just came back like no time had passed at all,’ Julie said. 

The star could be seen clasping at her hands nervously as she awaited the judges response.  

However, judge Jock was quick to offer her some encouragement. 

'I loved it, and I felt that fantastic adrenaline rush, but also those nerves, man, they just came back like no time had passed at all,' Julie said, becoming emotional

‘I loved it, and I felt that fantastic adrenaline rush, but also those nerves, man, they just came back like no time had passed at all,’ Julie said, becoming emotional 

‘You’re a competent cook, clearly, right? I just want to talk about what I’m feeling from you, watching you cook today and watching you stand now,’ Jock said. 

Jock explained he believed since Julie was the OG [original] winner, that she felt she wasn’t as good as the other winners who came after her. 

Julie agreed, saying it had been playing on her mind, calling it ‘absolutely true’.

Delicious: The star presented Shish Tawook to the judges alongside fattoush, flatbread and Toum (pictured)

Delicious: The star presented Shish Tawook to the judges alongside fattoush, flatbread and Toum (pictured) 

Jock comforted the chef by telling her she is a ‘winner’ and not just the ‘OG’.   

‘I need you to just let it wash through your brain. You’re not an OG. You’re a winner,’ Jock told the returning champion.   

‘But what you are, more importantly, is a classic. Okay? And classics never get old. Classics are very hard to beat,’ he continued. 

Encouragement: Judge Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) explained he believed since Julie was the OG [original] winner, that she felt she wasn't as good as the other winners who came after her. She admitted that was true, and became emotional

Encouragement: Judge Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) explained he believed since Julie was the OG [original] winner, that she felt she wasn’t as good as the other winners who came after her. She admitted that was true, and became emotional 

Julie was clearly taken aback by the encouragement.  

Melissa called the dish ‘everything it should have been’ and said ‘everything had a place.’ 

Andy said the trio of judges were like a tight-knit family crowded round fighting for a chance to get the last skewer.   

Icon: 'Julie, you have every bit as much chance of your name on that trophy again. And with food that tastes that good and looks that good...I'm banking on it,' Jock said

Icon: ‘Julie, you have every bit as much chance of your name on that trophy again. And with food that tastes that good and looks that good…I’m banking on it,’ Jock said

‘Julie, you have every bit as much chance of your name on that trophy again. And with food that tastes that good and looks that good… I’m banking on it,’ Jock said. 

The champion chef was then given a round of applause. 

It comes after Julie spoke about her ups and downs since appearing on the show, including her harrowing battle with depression. 

She revealed she spent a five week stay in a mental health facility, while speaking to the Australian Women’s Weekly.  

Winner: Judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (centre) and Jock Zonfrillo all loved the dish

Winner: Judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (centre) and Jock Zonfrillo all loved the dish 

The star said she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one. 

‘In the midst of that really awful time I had decided that I was done,’ Julie told the publication. 

‘I had nothing left to do, my work here was done. That’s where I found myself. That landed me in hospital a bunch of times.

‘So, I’m trying to figure out if my life here is not done, then what the hell is it? Delilah is obviously a massive part of that. She’s a tiny little human who I want to be around for,’ she continued. 

Hard:  It comes after Julie spoke about her ups and downs since appearing on the show, including her harrowing battle with depression. She revealed she spent a five week stay in a mental health facility, while speaking to the Australian Women's Weekly

Hard:  It comes after Julie spoke about her ups and downs since appearing on the show, including her harrowing battle with depression. She revealed she spent a five week stay in a mental health facility, while speaking to the Australian Women’s Weekly

Family: The star said she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one, during that one. Pictured with husband Michael (left) and Delilah

Family: The star said she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one, during that one. Pictured with husband Michael (left) and Delilah

Julie sent shockwaves through the showbiz world four years ago when she was charged with drink-driving twice over the legal limit.  

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

After fronting up at court with her husband and acknowledging it was ‘an error in judgment’ and ‘accepting full responsibility’, Goodwin was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Shock: Julie sent shockwaves through the showbiz world four years ago when she was charged with drink-driving twice over the legal limit. Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in 2018

Shock: Julie sent shockwaves through the showbiz world four years ago when she was charged with drink-driving twice over the legal limit. Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in 2018

She later revealed she had been suffering from depression, for which she had sought treatment at a psychiatric facility.

The revelation in February this year came 13 years after Goodwin beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow with her hearty home recipes in 2009. 

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 MasterChef continues on Ten, Tuesday, 7.30pm

She did it: Julie won MasterChef Australia's inaugural series in 2009, with runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right). The champion returns to the show's 'Fans & Favourites' season on April 18

She did it: Julie won MasterChef Australia’s inaugural series in 2009, with runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right). The champion returns to the show’s ‘Fans & Favourites’ season on April 18

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