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Julie whips up a Masterchef victory for Channel 10

Channel 10 may have won the ratings war last night, with analysts predicting up to 3 million people tuned in to watch Julie Goodwin take out the title of Masterchef Australia.

The reality cooking show has been a ratings winner for Channel 10, averaging more than 2 million viewers nationally in its final week. Wednesday night’s audience of 2.23 million made Ten’s runaway cooking show the second highest rated show of this year.

Analysts have predicted that last night’s final may have pulled in close to 3 million viewers, the biggest audience in Australian television history.

Working mum of three Julie Goodwin edged out competitor Poh Ling Yeow, a 35-year-old Adelaide-based artist, in the final challenge – celebrity chef Matt Moran’s signature chocolate pastry dish – to take the title of Australia’s first Masterchef.

Julie, the 38-year-old from the NSW central coast was awarded $100,000 and a cookbook deal by the reality TV show’s judges – chefs George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan – as well as food critic Matt Preston.