Fans and judges of MasterChef were shocked when Julie Goodwin was kicked off the show.
The favorite to win this year’s MasterChef was sent home last night in a shocking elimination that made the judges cry.
Julie Goodwin, who won her first season of MasterChef, was shocked to be kicked off the show on Tuesday night.
The 51-year-old fan favorite hasn’t made a mistake since she came back to the kitchen this season, more than a decade after she won the title in 2009. However, in a service challenge, she overcooked her dish, which shocked the judges.
At last night’s elimination cook-off in Tasmania, the top five contestants were each given a course to serve. Goodwin was given the dessert course.
The veteran seemed to have the most under control of the top five, but when she took her sticky date pudding out of the oven a few minutes before service, she saw that the bottom of the cake was badly burned.
Judge Jock Zonfrillo told Goodwin the news and said that her dessert looked like “a million bucks.” He then added, “But the bottoms of all of our cakes were burnt. Which made our mouths taste bitter and burned. So, Julie, I’m sorry, but you’re going home for the first time ever.”
Fans used social media to show how sad they were. Many people thought that Goodwin was a sure thing to win again, but she didn’t.
After she lost, Goodwin said through tears that she was “really proud” of herself.
“Coming back was a tough choice. “I’ll never regret saying yes to that,” she said. “We talk about the MasterChef family, and I was there for the first generation of this family. It seems right to hand things over to the next generation.
She added, “I’m not upset about that at all.” It makes sense. And I think I can finally be happy with the idea that the first time wasn’t a mistake, even if it’s just for me. This time, I finished in the top five, so it can’t have been a mistake. It has changed everything about me. It’s affected everything I do. MasterChef has changed the way my whole family grew up, and I couldn’t be more grateful. It plays a big role in my life.”
Since Goodwin left before finals week, Billie McKay, Sarah Todd, Keyma Vasquez Montero, and Daniel Lamble are the only ones left to compete for the 2022 MasterChef title.