And while they went head to head in the show's first grand finale back in 2009, they've since gone on to be great friends, forging successful careers in food and entertainment that have often shared similar directions.
Meanwhile, Yeow also made her MasterChef return in 2020 on its all-stars Back To Win season. She then appeared on screens a few months ago as an I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! contestant, seven years after Goodwin ventured into the I'm A Celeb jungle.
According to Yeow, it's interesting to see how their career trajectories have taken their own shape but also shared striking similarities from time to time.
"I’ve got a lot of mates on this next season [of MasterChef] so I’m very excited to watch," Yeow recently told Refinery29 Australia after filming I'm A Celeb.
"I got a text from Julie yesterday actually. She was just like, 'What am I doing?' I said, 'I don’t know, we’re both mental, we’ve both done it,'" she laughed.
"But you know what’s really funny? She did I’m A Celeb first and then now she’s on this [MasterChef] season. So we’ve kind of swapped and we were having a good laugh about that."
Since winning the first season of MasterChef 13 years ago, Goodwin has had her own TV show, Home Cooked! With Julie Goodwin, released more than five cookbooks, and started her own cooking classes and a catering business.
In 2015 she showed a more personal side when she appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. In 2020, she opened up about her anxiety and depression, saying she was admitted to hospital for mental health issues.
Returning to MasterChef this time around is a very different ball game because the food industry has changed a lot in 13 years and there's plenty of fierce competition in the kitchen.
"Because she knew that in her season what she needed to win was so full of love — and continues to be — but in terms of refinement and technique, what people are doing now just at home for fun versus what she needed to win are very different things."
But during the first episode that aired earlier this week, fellow judge Jock Zonfrillo reassured Goodwin that she's still got what it takes.
"I need you to just let it wash through your brain. You’re not just an OG, you’re also a winner," he said.
"But what you are, more importantly, is a classic. Okay? And classics never get old. Classics are very hard to beat."
The favourites on the show this year include Julie Goodwin (Season 1), Billie McKay (Season 7), Sashi Cheliah (Season 10), Alvin Quah (Season 2), Michael Weldon (Season 3) Mindy Woods (Season 4), Christina Batista (Season 5), Sarah Todd (Season 6), John Carasig (Season 7), Aldo Ortado (Season 10), Minoli De Silva (Season 13) and Tommy Pham (Season 13).
Jock's right — we all love a classic. Let's see what Julie's got cooking up for us next.
MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites continues at 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10Play.