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Julie Goodwin Sings As Well As Cooks – Who Knew!

This goes into the OHMIGOD files. Julie Goodwin who won Season One of Masterchef Australia has now released a Christmas album.

The question is why? The Sunday Telegraph said:

The bubbly Central Coast mum said she had made money from her secret talent before entering the hit TV cooking show.

“I used to sing at Asquith Golf Club,” she revealed.

I was speechless when I read about it and I was even more gobsmacked when I saw a clip of her performing on the Today Show. Click here to see her performance.

November 27, 2010   22 Comments

Junior Masterchef – The Top Four Revealed

It is getting very close to having Australia’s inaugural winner of Junior Masterchef as they are down to the final four. Little Siena who is nine is punching above her weight by still be in the competition.

Isabella 12, and Jack 12, would join Siena 9 and Sofia 12 in the final four.

Season three of Masterchef Australia recently commenced filming and Gary Mehigan is wondering how many more seasons he is going to be on the show.

He told TV WEEK:

“I’m signed on for another two years and I’m happy to do that,” he says adding, “It’s exhausting, though, and maybe if you ask me in another year, I might say season four will be the last one for me. That’s not because I don’t love [it] – it’s just because it takes up nine months of the year!”

As for what is in store for next season, Gary says the challenges will be somewhat toned down for the competitors.

“We’re approaching it slightly differently because we’re trying to avoid making it harder, as that’s not the point.” he says. “It’s back to basics. There will still be a few twists, but we won’t be pulling things like the V8 cake out as much, because how do you top that?




November 8, 2010   12 Comments

Masterchef – Adam Liaw Turns Down TV Show

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Masterchef Australia winner Adam Liaw has apparently turned down offers for his own TV show according to TV WEEK magazine.

The articles states Adam is not in the fame game and that is why he rejected offers for his own TV show.

Busy working on his first cookbook, Two Asian Kitchens, Adam reveals his feet still haven’t hit the ground.

“I don’t have a base – I’m spending next month in a hotel in Sydney,” the 32 year old says. “It’s been crazy!”

In other Masterchef alumni news Claire Winton Burn looks like she is trying to get an endorsement from PETA with this article in the SMH about eating baby animals.

UPDATE: Adam Liaw will be cooking at a sustainability fair this weekend in Brisbane with Sharnee more details here.

October 14, 2010   8 Comments

Julie Goodwin Sold $3.7 million Worth Of Her Cookbook

Masterchef Australia Julie Goodwin has proven sceptics wrong with over $3.7 million worth of book sale for her cookbook Our Family Table.

News.com.au states:

In the six months since its April release, it has sold 138,603 copies, notching up more than $3.7 million in sales and rocketing to the top of the Nielsen Bookscan list of top 10 cookbooks this year.

This statistic was part of a story which showed Masterchef cooks were blitzing the cookbook sales. Her book and MasterChef Australia The Cookbook: Volume 1 account for 10c in every dollar spent on the booming cookbook market.

I find it interesting the cookbook market is going so well considering the amount of recipes available online.

Gary Mehigan’s cookbook Comfort Food is also selling well.

October 9, 2010   8 Comments

Masterchef Australia – Aaron Harvie And Wife Natalie Getting Wedding Tattoos

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The Daily Telegraph papped Masterchef Australia contestant Aaron Harvie and his new wife Natalie getting matching tattoos. They had September 18 etched onto their wrists.

Aaron will be cooking each Tuesday at The Vanguard, for more details go to his blog Food That Rocks for more details.

In other Masterchef Australia news, Courtney Roulston has been doing some work for Cockle Bay with an online reality show called Signature Dish, this is different from the show of the same name on Lifestyle.

The show highlights the signature dishes from the restaurants on Cockle Bay. You can see them on www.cocklebaywharf.com.au. (Source: Southern Courier)

October 9, 2010   2 Comments