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MasterChef Australia: Where are they now?

We find out what happened to last year's contestants and what might be in store for the winner of MasterChef Australia this year.

Series 1 MasterChef winner  Julie Goodwin released her cookbook Our Family Table back in April and even has her own television show, Home Cooked with Julie Goodwin, which premiered on Channel Nine in August.

She's also made several guest appearances on New Zealand television, visiting Good Morning earlier this year.

Bubbly runner up Poh Ling Yeow was one step ahead of Julie with a cooking show on Poh's Kitchen currently airing on ABC in Australia.

Chris Badenoch , aka the hairy one, faced more scandal than celebrity with accusations of cheating on the show from an ex-girlfriend. He too has a cookbook on the way, focussing on his nose to tail style of cooking meat. 

Justine Schofield from the final four now has a successful media and cooking career with food demonstrations, cooking for private dinner parties and guest appearances at major food events as well as work experience at Matt Moran's Aria Restaurant. She also has a regular blog on on the MasterChef Australia official site.

Some contestants like Trevor and Andre have gone on to open their own restaurants. Others like Julia , Kate , and Joshua make regular television appearances. 

Some MasterChef finalists haven't been so lucky. Melissa came out of the first series with nothing while Aaron's post MasterChef career started out strong with an apprenticeship at judge George's restaurant but problems with his next chef job had him leave cooking for a career in finance.

As MasterChef Australia keeps getting bigger, what will be in store for the finalists from Series 2?

Sydney agency Forum5 secured the management rights to the final 10 contestants from series 2.

Forum 5 rep Lisa Sullivan told Australian newspaper The Herald Sun that the top talent from the show could expect to begin banking appearance fees of $15,000.

Already, former contestants from this series like Marion and Aaron have lines of food products on the way while others are pursuing television careers.

Marion was even reported to have been paid handsomely by a car company to chaperone clients on a test drive to Sydney's Palm Beach.

So what will be in store for the winner of MasterChef Australia this year?

They receive $100,000 and a cookbook publishing deal and with the success of previous contestants and popularity of the show, the winner is sure to have plenty on their plate.

Source: The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun