Julie and her husband Mick have been ChildFund supporters for almost 15 years and currently sponsor seven children. In 2013, they travelled to Uganda to meet one of their sponsored children, Hamad, and learn more about ChildFund's work.
Julie is one of Australia’s most-loved cooks, having first shot to fame on the original series of MasterChef. In a finale watched by almost 4 million viewers, Julie took out the title of Australia’s first-ever MasterChef in 2009 – and the life of the wife and mother-of-three changed forever.
In 2010, Julie launched her own cooking show Home Cooked on Channel Nine. In that same year, she launched her first book, Our Family Table, which went on to become one of Australia’s largest-selling cookbooks. Her second book, Heart of the Home, was released in Christmas 2011, with a third book Gather released in 2013.
Today, Julie is a regular columnist for the Australian Women’s Weekly, resident cook on the Today show and has a much-enjoyed guest role on Can of Worms. She is also the face of GLAD and Blanco and is a proud supporter of a number of charities close to her heart.