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MasterChef Australia – Julia Confirms She Is On With Chris

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Julia Jenkins in her elimination interview on has confirmed she is seeing fellow MasterChef Australia contestant Chris Badenoch.

She said:

…their 18-year age difference was not a hindrance to their relationship.

The clever cooks have both ended their respective relationships and are in the early stages of a new romance.

“We have been out a few times, but we’ve just come out of pretty serious relationships so we’re not looking to start anything major,” Jenkins, who left the show last night, has told.

“He’s been a good friend of mine since the beginning of the competition.

“We weren’t able to (keep in touch after she left the MasterChef house).

“I didn’t see him for several months, but we’ve picked up the friendship where we left off. We hang out and talk. I enjoy spending time with him.”

Jenkins said that she and Badenoch shared a lot of the same interests when it came to food and that she would be contributing to his beer-based eatery.

“He has asked me to contribute a couple of recipes for his business,” she said.

So Julia was unpaid labour for Pete Evans restaurant, and now she is going to be an unpaid consultant. I bet she will be working in that kitchen for minimal wage.

Also if the NW article (a blog post about it here) is correct this would mean Chris has broken up with his partner of 15 years.


1 Anonymous { 07.14.09 at 11:42 pm }

OMG seriously? She says that they are friends. Friends. F-R-I-E-N-D-S. They are not “on”.

2 Anonymous { 07.14.09 at 11:45 pm }

I think she has been misconstrued. She refers to them as friends, and never mentions a romance between them. Shoddy journalism methinks.

3 Reality Raver { 07.14.09 at 11:47 pm }

Anon – I have got to disagree I think she says it is in the early stages. She would have been more equivicol if it was not on. Like a flat out denial…..

4 Sooty { 07.14.09 at 11:59 pm }

their poor ex-partners

5 Anonymous { 07.15.09 at 12:19 am }

RR seriously, look at what she actually says, don’t buy into the crap “journalism”/gossip:

“we’re not looking to start anything major”
“he’s been a good friend of mine”
“we’ve picked up the friendship”
“we hang out and talk”

They are friends, not lovers.

6 Reality Raver { 07.15.09 at 12:39 am }

anon – just another thought, I do find it strange that someone like Chris who is so focused on winning the competition has been distracted by something like this. Maybe cabin fever.

7 Reality Raver { 07.15.09 at 12:54 am }

Also still would have thought there would be an outright denial, but your right it could be a beat up. But she certainly has not put the rumours to bed.

8 BB { 07.15.09 at 2:12 am }

RR, the Courier Mail has spoken to his long-time girlfriend regarding the magazine article –

Contacted by Confidential yesterday, Irani confirmed she had given that interview ”some time” before last week but would not comment on whether she and Badenoch had separated before he hooked up with Jenkins.
”The short answer is no,” Irani said when asked to comment. ”I just can’t comment on any of it. But that interview was arranged with Fremantle Media some time ago.”

9 Laura { 07.15.09 at 2:48 am }

I agree with you RR, this is a confiration.
I don’t know what she sees in him!

10 Culinary Boner { 07.15.09 at 11:52 am }

Channel Ten must be loving all this. Not only do they have an entertaining and popular show format, they now have the sorta gossip element that only Max Markson would dream of creating. Chris, the slob, as the show’s Shane Warne, boneing a chick more than 20 years younger than him. Way to go, mate! Obviously greasy hair and tatts are a bigger turn on than I’d imagined.

11 Reality Raver { 07.15.09 at 12:32 pm }

This article appears to have opened a whole can of worms, as getting all sorts of emails from people.

1. Confirmed Badenoch’s relationship did not end on his own accord as he has stated in the media.

2. This would be confirmed by a person who by passed Chris’s home who saw him fighting with a women on the street. However he did not think the women looked Indian.

Maybe Julia did not get the prize she thought she was getting.

12 Anonymous { 07.15.09 at 12:34 pm }

Julia was on the radio today and denied that there is a relationship with Chris. I hope you guys will stop putting words into her mouth now. It’s bad enough that the show completely screwed her over, it would be nice if people would stop painting her out to be some cheating cow, which she definitely isn’t.

13 Reality Raver { 07.15.09 at 12:50 pm }

Anon – not painting her as a cheating cow at all. Just questioning whether they are on together or not. And whether media statement they are giving are correct.

14 Anonymous { 07.15.09 at 1:02 pm }

RR – When you buy into these untrue rumours, you are implying that Julia (and Chris) are cheaters. Hence everyone going on about their “poor partners”. And sorry… But you don’t seem to be questioning it to me – your headline of this entry is “Julia Confrim She Is On With Chris”, even though her actual quotes do not confirm it, and she has been denying it in other forms of media.

15 BB { 07.15.09 at 1:23 pm }

My humble advice to Julia, Chris & ex-partners is to seek out some professional PR guidance & to issue a press release Statement to nip in the bud any of the untruths that are being circulated.

16 BS { 07.15.09 at 1:55 pm }

RR- Julia would have been well aware that Chris had a partner, so lets not paint her as a saint just yet. On the other hand a 42 year old man should be aware of the strife that this would cause to all of the women involved (and their seems to be quite a few popping up) and kept it in his pants until all of this publicity was over.
I also feel sorry for Julia’s boyfriend who seems to be the only one keeping their mouth shut.
If it is not true, Julia could have nipped it in the bud today during her many radio interviews. However she chose to say ‘we are just really good friends’. A flat out denial from her would have stopped all this.
Again, a 42 year old man that has worked in advertising for so long would be well aware of this too. My thoughts are with the poor cheated on partners that have had to suffer at the hands of the media while dealing with the breakup of a relationship.
He is a rat-in-a-hat.

17 BS { 07.15.09 at 2:06 pm }

Sorry, that should have been to annon not RR

18 TDK { 07.15.09 at 2:11 pm }

If they are, good on them.
If they aren’t, good on them.
If they’re considering, good on them.

19 Anonymous { 07.15.09 at 3:03 pm }

BS – She did flat out deny it in her interviews. The ones that I heard, anyway.

20 BS { 07.15.09 at 3:34 pm }

LOL not the ones I heard

21 BB { 07.15.09 at 3:36 pm }

She’s saving the real story for the womens mags.

22 AM { 07.15.09 at 10:27 pm }

They hooked up before she beat Pete Evans!!!
Chris’s breakup was not independent of Julia, not even slightly.
Nor was Julia’s breakup independent of Chris.

they started shagging and got caught cos they did it on a national tv show and decided to keep doing it!

23 AM { 07.15.09 at 11:09 pm }
24 Reality Raver { 07.15.09 at 11:25 pm }

AM – No I had not seen it, but there has been a lot of email chatter about other women.

25 AM { 07.15.09 at 11:41 pm }

i must have missed that

love your work

26 Anonymous { 07.16.09 at 9:11 am }

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure AM. Where’s your proof that Julia was doing that?

27 AM { 07.16.09 at 1:35 pm }

at least one of the other contestants in the house knew about it and passed it on.
there was a scandal about them getting caught on the couch!

28 Anonymous { 07.16.09 at 5:36 pm }

And this hasn’t been reported by any of the contestants to any media outlet, so we should just trust you?

29 AM { 07.16.09 at 6:23 pm }

no one’s asking you to.

i know what i know

30 RS { 07.16.09 at 6:44 pm }

Well AM that must be pretty exciting news for you to know. Me thinks that AM has a little too much time on their hands and could have been sniffing the Clag again!

31 AM { 07.16.09 at 7:03 pm }

they got together not long after they all went into the house. that’s a given by now. they were together when she beat pete evans. and that is the truth. You think what you need to think, it’s not my job to convince you but it’s fun having a talk about it.

32 Anonymous { 07.19.09 at 9:53 pm }


33 JT { 07.19.09 at 9:54 pm }

Yeah, lies!