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Julie Goodwin, author. (Author categories: Local Australian, Celebrity Chef)

Julie Goodwin

Mum, wife, cook, singer and public speaker, Julie Goodwin is the epitome of a busy Australian Mum.

Born and raised in Sydney, she started a degree in education but left to pursue a career in youth work. After working for several years presenting workshops in schools across Australia, she moved to the Central Coast where she married her long time partner, Michael. She continued her youth work holding a position in a juvenile detention centre, and as a singer performed at many functions around the area. 

In 1995 Julie and Michael’s first son Joe was born, followed quickly by Tom and then Paddy. With three boys under the age of three, life was incredibly active for Julie but far from slowing down, in 2002 she and Michael took the plunge and started their own I.T. consulting company.

Hard work and commitment paid off, the business grew and soon they moved their office from the corner of their lounge room to their own premises in North Gosford and built up a team of dedicated employees.

In December 2008 Julie applied for the first series ofMasterChef Australia. Little did she realise how much her life would change.

Taking Australia by storm, the TV series put twenty amateur cooks through their paces, with just one to be crowned ‘MasterChef’. So it was on 19th July 2009 that Julie, watched by over 4 million Australians, took out the title as the first ever ‘MasterChef’.

In a whirlwind of activity since her win, Julie’s first book ‘Our family table’ published with Random House in April of 2010, went immediately to No 1 where it stayed for over 10 weeks. 

Having sold around 200,000 so far it is one of Australia’s largest selling cook books ever, and saw Julie named as Australia’s biggest selling author across all categories in 2010...

Julie’s second cookbook is due for publication on October 1st 2011.


In another dream come true Julie has also become a regular columnist for the Australian’s Women’s Weekly, and resident cook on Channel Nine's Today Show. She also fronted her own cooking show Home Cooked! - also on Nine.