MasterChef Australia star Julie Goodwin reveals waht it was like to film with Jock Zonfrillo before his tragic death
MasterChef’s Julie Goodwin has spoken fondly about filming the latest season of the cooking show alongside the late Jock Zonfrillo before his tragic death last month.
The 52-year-old, who won MasterChef in 2009, spoke to Yahoo Lifestyle ahead of her appearance as a guest judge Sunday night’s episode, saying she had a ball returning to the franchise alongside Zonfrillo and his fellow judges Melissa Leong and Andy Allen.
‘It was great to have some fun with them and have a bit more conversation with them than you can have when you’re a contestant. I absolutely loved it,’ the cook enthused.
She also described how returning as a judge was a ‘completely different experience’ than appearing as a contestant.
‘You’re in a completely different part of the compound before you walk on set, you’re on the judges’ side,’ she said.
MasterChef’s Julie Goodwin, 52, (second, right) has spoken fondly about filming as a guest judge in the show’s latest season alongside the late Jock Zonfrillo (right) before his tragic death last month. Pictured with judges Melissa Leong (left) and Andy Allen (second, left)
‘And you’re like, ”Nobody’s deciding my future today, I’m deciding somebody else’s” – although that responsibility’s not so much fun.’
It comes after Julie shared an emotional tribute to Zonfrillo following his death.
Zonfrillo died in his hotel room at Zagame’s House on Lygon Street in Carlton, Melbourne on April 30 and was found by police at about 2am on Monday, May 1 – the same day Channel Ten was meant to premiere the fifteenth season of MasterChef Australia.
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, she said: ‘It was great to have some fun with them and have a bit more conversation with them than you can have when you’re a contestant. I absolutely loved it’
Appearing on The Sunday Project days later, Julie said Jock was always there for her during her own mental health battle.
‘It was Jock with his openness about his own struggles that really became a massive part of my healing journey,’ she said, breaking down in tears.
‘He could see the struggle that I was having. He met me there and he made it okay for me to be here. He was just generous’.
It comes after Julie shared an emotional tribute to Zonfrillo following his death. Appearing on The Sunday Project, Julie said Jock was always there for her during her own mental health battle
Julie went on to explain the powerful impact the Scottish chef had on people in his life.
‘When you cook for people, you can impact the people that eat your food, but when you teach people and when you mentor people and when you lift people up, and send them out into the world, you impact everybody,’ she said.
The chef went on to explain that she will be watching the new season of MasterChef in honour of Jock.
‘With sadness in my heart, but with great respect and great love, I will watch and I’m not sure how I’ll manage,’ she said.
‘I am not sure how any of us will manage, but I believe that’s the right thing to do, is to let him teach and uplift people for this one last season’.
‘I am not sure how any of us will manage, but I believe that’s the right thing to do, is to let him teach and uplift people for this one last season,’ Julie added. Pictured is Zonfrillo and Allen on MasterChef Australia