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Coasting : Issue 4 2009
4 JULIE GOODWIN is cooking with gas MASTERCHEF winner Julie Goodwin is addressing a room full of business women at Wyong, and she has them... well, eating out of her hand. She talks to them about her business, Loyal IT Solutions, and about chasing dreams. But mostly she talks to them about her MasterChef experience. The questions from the floor are delivered with equal measures of curiosity about what really happened on the show, and admiration for Julie. It's a meeting of Business Women Connect, and the woman want to connect with Julie, even long after the official business is over. In fact, they queue for almost 90 minutes after the function to enjoy a chat, a photo, and an autograph with Julie whose sincere and enthusiastic greeting of each and every woman is reciprocated. "She's such a lovely role model," one of the queuing women tells Coasting without prompting. "On the TV she came across as such a lovely person, and that's exactly what she's like in real life. She's wonderful." It's the sort of compliment Coasting hears repeated in the room again and again. The heat's still on It's now two months since Julie became an instant celebrity by winning the $100,000 cooking competition, but the whirlwind shows few signs of abating. "I must admit that I was glad when the papers finally stopped putting my picture on their front pages," Julie said. But now there's a cookbook to finish, and a regular column to write for Australian Women's Weekly. There are TV appearances and promotional visits co-ordinated by publicists, and, eventually, a restaurant to launch. CENTRE STAGE: MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin is writing a cookbook and column for Australian Women's Weekly and, in between promotional visits and public speaking gigs, is mapping out a plan to open a restaurant on the Coast. Picture by Aaron Brown. By DAVID STEWART PLAYED FAIR: Julie and fellow finalist Poh Yeow agreed to support each other throughout the competition. Picture by Geraldine Nordfeldt. "I'm finishing my cookbook now and there's a lot involved in putting that to bed. The book is called Our Family Table and it will come out in time for Mother's Day next year," she said. "After that, I'll need to look at doing work experience and getting the training I'm going to need to run a restaurant. Then I'll start to do the business plan and do it properly." Gosford mayor Chris Holstein recently took the opportunity to publicly pitch the case for Gosford CBD as a possible location for Julie's restaurant. "We are revitalising our CBD as a major regional hub and the addition of a restaurant run by Australia's first MasterChef would be a major drawcard for people from all over the country," Cr Holstein said in a media statement. Julie lives at Niagara Park and has been closely following the Gosford Challenge, the program of works aimed at breathing new life into the CBD. "I would definitely consider the Gosford CBD [as a location for the restaurant]," she said. "I believe in the Gosford Challenge, and I'd love to see the Gosford CBD revitalised. But I need to look at this as a business person and say: Is there enough going on here now, and coming in the near future, to make the CBD viable for me?'" Julie's favourite local restaurant is The Upper Deck, at Gosford. Reality show with heart TV critics and fans agreed that unlike most other reality programs MasterChef had heart. Missing from MasterChef was the conniving, deception and gamesmanship that characterised other eviction shows. "There was certainly a lot at stake, but my personal integrity is worth more than any competition," Julie said of her decision to play fair on the show. "I believe in karma, and that if you help 'There was a lot at stake, but my personal integrity is worth more than any competition' -- Julie Goodwin, MasterChef winner.
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