Viewers shocked by MasterChef revelation
MasterChef contestant Chris Badenoch was eliminated from the competition in Sunday night's episode, but not before a revelation about his personal life left some fans of the franchise "shook."
A package that rolled during last night's episode revealed a fact about Chris that only MasterChef fans with very long memories could recall: He's married to fellow contestant Julia Jenkins.
The pair met when they were both contestants on the debut season of the show way back in 2009, with then-23-year-old Julia placing fifth and then-41-year-old Chris coming third, behind winner Julie Goodwin and runner-up Poh Ling Yeow.
Their union was quite the controversy at the time, and not just because of the couple's 18-year age gap: Chris was already in a relationship when he went on the show, and his ex-girlfriend later told New Idea she felt "totally humiliated" to find he'd met someone new through reality TV.
"I didn't ask for any of this. I wasn't the one signing up for a reality TV show. We've been together four years. I've met all his friends, he's met mine. It's no secret," former girlfriend Gemma Pritchard said a month after the first series ended.
At the time, Badenoch told The Daily Telegraph that "Both Julia and I have recently come out of relationships that have ended independently of our friendship. It's early days, but at the moment we're just good friends."
After those tentative beginnings, Chris and Julia have stayed the distance, marrying in a simple ceremony in Daylesford in 2013 (they had a wheel of cheese instead of a wedding cake).
As some viewers pointed out, this 11-year MasterChef love story is more successful than most relationships forged from dating shows:
Can’t believe fedora Chris is married to Julia Jenkins from— Edwina Williams (@edwinawilltweet) May 10, 2020
season one. Honestly shook. This has changed my world view. #masterchefau
And Chris and Julia aren't the only couple to find love on MasterChef Australia. Fellow season one star Poh Ling Yeow met her husband Jono Bennett through the show too: She was a contestant while he was working behind the scenes as a runner. They started dating after the show's finale, and married five years later in 2014.
"Every time the show comes around, it's essentially the anniversary of us meeting," she's since said.
Originally published as Viewers shocked by MasterChef revelation
Chris & Julia is probably a more solid relationship than any couple that a reality dating show could produce. #MasterChefAU— Isobel Ardent (@isobelardent) May 10, 2020