Julie Goodwin, Cook

I watched Ms. Julie Goodwin on television to successfully earn the well deserved title MasterChef but the crowned first ever winner of the 2009 MasterChef Australia in this interview when asked how would she call her passion – she answered Cook. A one fine cook indeed with the right attitude about the beautiful soul of cooking – doing it with love for the people that matter.

I most especially admire her for three reasons, (1) living her passion with grace, (2) her dream to bring people together with her hearty and tasty cooking (I definitely look forward in dining in her restaurant one day with my family and friends), and (3) above all is her love to her family.

Short, sweet, and spoonful – Julie was kind to share more about her passion.

  • Description. Cooking is the way I express love to my family and friends.  It’s how I support those in my community who are struggling, it’s how I express myself, and it’s one of the characteristics that makes me who I am.
  • Discovery. When I first moved out of home there was not a lot of money, but I have always enjoyed good food.  So I figured out if I wanted to eat well I would have to cook well!
  • Conquered Challenges. The thing that has allowed me to pursue cooking and food writing as a full time career was Masterchef Australia.  Entering that competition and winning it has changed my whole career and given me so many wonderful opportunities.
  • Feeling for Living. I feel like the luckiest person alive!
  • Greatest Achievements. My three boys, my wonderful marriage, and my cookbooks.
  • Sharing. By cooking for as many people as I can, and by authoring cookbooks, blogs and columns.

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Dear Dad and Mom

I wanted to fly and see the world. I wanted to do what I know I love to do. I know you only want the best for me and what I want to ask from you now are your support, encouragement, and cheer. Dad I know you’ve chosen your path as a successful sought after doctor and Mom you’re an acclaimed architect but I have my own decision too. I love you both.

Parents love their children that they sometime decide for them – be careful that children still live their own dream and not the one believed by the parents as the only path. The best thing that parents can do is to be there all throughout while the child lives his true calling.

Pain & Hope

Have you ever face a challenging experience that no matter how painful it would cost if you face it with courage could actually turned positive?

What am I saying? My mother is a cancer patient, 3 years ago; our family have no knowledge about Colo-Rectal Cancer and the diverse side effects of chemotherapy; but having someone close to us made our family hungry for information and be creative to combat the unusual routines that has to be dealt with.

According to research, the fruit Soursop or Guyabano is way better than chemotherapy, our family always prefer natural food if it can cure that’s why we try our best to serve it to our mother even if it’s imported from the Philippines. Every time she eats the fruit, she says it feels like she’s actually having the chemotherapy only better because it has no harmful toxins that harms her; so there must be truth on the research.

Our family is starting to love United Arab Emirates (UAE) even with the absence of soursop, as my mother say, ‘this country is keeping me alive,’ with the great health care she receives through reliable Daman insurance and effective oncology specialist hospital Tawam. Her way to give back for the countless blessings is to help the other cancer patients here in UAE. The help is through her amazing green thumb because everything she grows on soil lives, so she saves the soursop seeds, has successfully grown more than 50 with patience since they’re less than a foot high for now, and more to be planted. We intend to donate the fruit to see it grow as a tree on proper outdoor garden or plantation as soon as we’re confident that they can withstand the natural habitat outside our flat’s veranda with the hope that they can cure more people who love and fight to live.

What becomes close to our hearts can turn into a Charitable Social Responsibility and that’s one of the best ways to share.

Luisita's Garden - Baby Soursop growing in Dubai.

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