After completing a diploma in hotel management and deciding it wasn’t for her, Justine decided to follow her two great passions – travel and food. On the agenda was a trip each year to some far flung destination, where she could soak up the lifestyle and learn about the cuisine and of course, in particular were regular visits to France to further discover her heritage.
“My fascination with the food, and the French way of life draws me back every time, it’s amazing how the food and culture change each time you arrive in a different region. I am equally proud of my French heritage as I am of my Australian and when the opportunity arises I would like to live in France for a while to discover every little corner I can!”.
2009 brought the opportunity for Justine Schofield to apply for Ch10’s first ever series of MasterChef. She made it through a gruelling audition process to the Top 20 and then went on to blow the judges away week after week with, for someone so young, the extent of her food knowledge and her calm and organised approach to cooking.
Schofield’s highlights in the series where cooking for Jacques Reymond one of her icons and cooking off against Celebrity Chef Matt Moran. From around 7000 applicants Justine made it to the top 4 of the highly acclaimed series and with an average of over 3 million viewers per night, she ended up with her fare share of fans!
Since leaving the MasterChef kitchen she has been flat out travelling around Australia doing personal appearances and catering for private functions. Justine Schofield is regular food commentator for Ch 9’s A Current Affair. At the start of 2011 Justine launched her own TV series ‘Everyday Gourmet’ which airs on Network Ten at 4:00pm on weekdays.