More Apres MasterChef News – From TV Week
MasterChef Australia may only just have finished but how long will the interest in the show continue? TV Week keeps the MasterChef gossip going.
Chris and Julia: Secret Romance?
After a fan spotted contestants Chris and Julia snuggling together on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne, it appeared that the chefs had cooked up a recipe for love.
Despite their age difference (Chris is 41 and Julia is 23), the pair have a lot in common – they both love food, hail from Melbourne and have recently ended long term relationships.
When we caught up with Chris, he revealed that his eight year romance with partner Homaxi was already under strain when he entered the competition. “We had some issues prior to my going in [to the MasterChef house] and it just kind of deteriorated,” he explains. “being away for four months certainly didn’t help either.”
But he doesn’t blame the stress of the competition for the downfall of their relationship. “it would have run its natural course regardless,” he reasons.
For now, both Chris and Julia are denying reports they’ve become a couple. “We’ve spent a bit of time together,” Julia says, “but we’re just close friends. I’m literally just out of a relationship so I’m not thinking about that kind of thing at the moment.”
“I would never rule anything out,” Chris adds. “But there are a billion things going on and we’re not even back to real life yet.” Chris, who’s searching for a premises for his dream beer bar and restaurant, says the public scrutiny he now endures is annoying, but he tries not to pay attention to it. “There have been articles about me being arrogant, but I think that’s confidence being confused.”
Julia Quits Cooking
In a shock admission, Julia has revealed she doesn’t want to become a chef now that the competition has wrapped. “At this stage, cheffing full-time isn’t what I want to do,” she says. “I’d just like to see what opportunities I can get from having been on MasterChef. I have so many plans, but one thing I’m definitely going to try is food writing – it’s something I have always been interested in; I did a communications degree.”
Although she was clearly devastated at being eliminated, Julia says becoming a chef, “has always been something I haven’t been sure about. I’m definitely considering doing an apprenticeship at some point, but I just don’t think that’s viable for me at the moment.”
Poh’s Struggle With Fame
Poh admits she’s struggling to adjust to her new found fame now that the competition is over. “It’s difficult to get stuff done at the moement because I’m just getting stopped in the street every five minutes,” she explains.
The artist, who’s now working on a cookbook and has a five-year plan to open a restaurant, says she’s swamped whenever she goes out. “For the most part, it’s really lovely when people come and congratulate me. But they always apologise whic is quite funny!”
Judge’s Snub Upsets Lucas:
“Gary said to us,’My top four were Poh, Justine, Chris and Julie – these are the four I wanted,” Lucas says. “I don’t think he realised what he’d said, but it was a bit of a slap in the face for me and Julia. When he said he couldn’t be happier with that, I was a little bit disappointed. Julia and I were out there with this advantage, but we didn’t really get to use it.”
Justine to flee Australia:
While celeb chef Matt Moran has offered to mentor her, Justine still plans to leave the country! “I’m definitely moving to France for a good six months to a year,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to do that and make my heritage clearer to me. “I really need to do that, and it is going to happen,” she adds.
Mum of three Julie was without doubt, MasterChef’s most adored contestant. Humble, supportive and down-to-earth, she encapsulated the premise of the competition: a home-cook hero with outstanding talent. But behind her smile and determination was heartache, as Julie faced a daily struggle to cope with the separations form her three sons and devoted husband.
“There were definitely some low points where I really, really, missed home and my family,” Julie tells us. “I just had to find reserves of strength that I didn’t know I had to hang in there.”
Although she admits it now takes her longer to get around the shops, Julie is reluctant to acknowledge her overwhelming popularity.
“I don’t know if I’m more popular than anyone else, I’m just me, ” she says. “I went in with the philosophy that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything. My performance was the only one I was qualified to speak about.”
Now happily reunited with her family, Julie plans to make her long-held dream of running a restaurant a reality.
“I’m going to do whatever training and education I need to get the experience and knowledge to start up a restaurant,” She told TV WEEK. “That’s going to take some time, probably 12 months or so, because you can’t just jump in. I don’t want to set myself up for failure – I want it to be a success.”