MasterChef cook Julie Goodwin says her stint on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! gave her a new perspective on what hunger feels like.
Goodwin spent three-and-a-half weeks in the South African jungle in 2015, battling it out against other celebrity contestants. She entered the camp two weeks into the series as an intruder alongside English cricketer Freddie Flintoff, who went on to win the show. But the well-known celebrity chef said she got more than she bargained for.
“I’ve never been so hungry in my life,” she told Starts at 60. “I’ve never really understood what actual hunger feels like… and it gave me a new perspective on what hunger must be like for people that actually can’t avoid it. I’m very, very grateful that I got to have that opportunity.”
The talented cook said they only ate once a day, revealing she couldn’t even make a cuppa. “We had nothing in there, [but] it’s stunning how little you can live with.” Contestants lived off a daily diet of oats, beans, rice and vegetables.
However, living in the jungle with limited resources made Goodwin realise just how lucky she is to live in Australia. “We’re so lucky in [Australia], we have so much and we’re so fortunate,” she said.
And when it comes Aussie cuisine, Goodwin reckons we have the best produce and food scene in the world, saying: “We embrace all the cultures and we have everything at our feet. If you go to many other countries, you get their cuisine and not a whole lot else.”
“We’re so incredibly lucky… [and] we’ve got the best produce as well,” she added.
Goodwin has made a name for herself as a talented cook, turning her MasterChef win into a hugely successful career. She opened up cookery school Julie’s Place on the Central Coast and writes regular recipe columns for Australian Women’s Weekly. Goodwin has also published six books, and revealed she is “gearing up to start writing my seventh cookbook”.
Just weeks ago, Goodwin launched a scathing attack on “fad” diets including Pete Evan’s infamous paleo diet. Speaking exclusively to Starts at 60, the MasterChef winner, 47, said: “I don’t believe in fad diets and I certainly don’t believe in diets that are pushed from people who are not doctors or nutritionists. No one’s been able to explain to me why you would want to follow a diet from people that are extinct.”