Fans were shocked by MasterChef’s Julie Goodwin’s ‘shaky’ status as she returned to the show

Julie Goodwin shocked MasterChef viewers on Monday night when she returned to the show after being arrested for drunk driving and mental health struggles.

The cook, 51, was charged with drunk driving twice over the legal limit four years ago, and later revealed he was suffering from depression so he sought treatment at a psychiatric facility.

Julie was nervous about serving her Lebanese Shish Tawook to judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo, and fans said she looked ‘stressed’.

The mother-of-three, who won her season in 2009, trembled despite most of the episode and even cut her finger.

Nervous: Julie Goodwin shocked MasterChef viewers on Monday when she returned to the TV show following her arrest for drunk driving and mental health struggles.  The star was very nervous as she served her dish to judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo

Nervous: Julie Goodwin shocked MasterChef viewers on Monday when she returned to the TV show following her arrest for drunk driving and mental health struggles. The star was very nervous as she served her dish to judges Andy Allen, Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo

Julie held back tears as she explained that she felt a rush of adrenaline when she found her feet in the kitchen after several years of struggling.

“I loved it, and I had that incredible adrenaline rush, but also that nervousness, man, they came back like no time had passed at all,” he told the judges.

She clasped her hands nervously as she waited for their jury’s response to her dish.

Judge Jock quickly gave him a push.

Depressed: The mother of three, who won her season in 2009, was shaking despite most of the episode and even cut her finger

Depressed: The mother of three, who won her season in 2009, was shaking despite most of the episode and even cut her finger

‘You’re a competent cook, obviously, aren’t you? I just want to talk about how I feel about you, watching you cook today and seeing you standing now,” said Jock.

She said she thought because Julie was the show’s first winner, 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.

Delicious: The star presented Shish Tawook to the judges along with fattoush, flatbread and toum (pictured)

Delicious: The star presented Shish Tawook to the judges along with fattoush, flatbread and toum (pictured)

Jock comforted him by telling him, ‘I want you to let him brainwash you. You are not OG. You are a winner.

‘But who you are, more importantly, is classic. Okay? And classics never get old. Classics are hard to beat.’

Julie was clearly taken aback by the nudge.

'I want you to let it brainwash you.  You are not OG.  You're a winner': Judge Jock Zonfrillo said he thought since Julie was the show's first winner, he felt she wasn't as good as the other winners who came after her

‘I want you to let it brainwash you. You are not OG. You’re a winner’: Judge Jock Zonfrillo said he thought since Julie was the show’s first winner, he felt she wasn’t as good as the other winners who came after her

Melissa called the dish ‘everything should be’ and said ‘everything has its place’.

Andy described the trio of judges as ‘a tight-knit family, fighting over each other for the chance to get the last skewer’.

‘Julie, you have as big a chance to have your name on that trophy again. And with food that tastes good and looks good… I count on it,’ says Jock.

The winning chef was then given a standing ovation.

Julie sent shockwaves through showbiz four years ago when she was charged with drunk driving twice the legal limit.

He was arrested after trying to evade a police breath test.

After appearing in court with her husband and admitting it was a ‘error of judgment’ and ‘accepting full responsibility’, Julie was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.

He later revealed that he suffered from depression and spent five weeks in a mental health facility.

Julie spoke about her harrowing struggle with depression in an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly in 2020.

Winner: Judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (center) and Jock Zonfrillo love this dish

Winner: Judges Andy Allen (left), Melissa Leong (center) and Jock Zonfrillo love this dish

She said she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one.

“In the midst of such a terrible time, I’ve decided that I’m done,” Julie told the publication.

‘I have nothing more to do, my work here is done. That’s where I found myself. It got me in the hospital several times.

‘So I’m trying to figure out if my life here isn’t over yet, then what is it? Delilah is definitely a big part of that. He’s a tiny little human that I want to be there for him,” he added.

Julie famously beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow on the popular cooking show with her delicious home recipe in 2009.

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MasterChef Australia continues Tuesday at 19:30 on Channel 10

Battle: He later revealed that he suffered from depression and spent five weeks in a mental health facility.  Amid her mental health struggles, she says she finds comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one

Battle: He later revealed that he suffered from depression and spent five weeks in a mental health facility. Amid her mental health struggles, she says she finds comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one

Big win: Julie famously beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow on the popular cooking show with her delicious home recipe in 2009

Big win: Julie famously beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow on the popular cooking show with her delicious home recipe in 2009

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