Celeb chef Matt Golinski welcomes baby after losing family in tragedy

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Celebrity chef Matt Golinski has welcomed a baby daughter after he tragically lost his wife and three children in a tragic house fire on Boxing Day 2011.

The 49-year-old took to Instagram to share that his wife Erin Yarwood had given birth on Christmas Day.

Celebrity chef Matt Golinski with family
Celebrity chef Matt Golinski (pictured here with second wife Erin Yarwood and daughter Aluna Bennie) welcomes a baby girl, 10 years after the tragic house fire that claimed the life of his wife and three children. Photo: Instagram/Matt Golinski

"Welcome to the world Tillie Rose Golinski, our little Christmas miracle," he wrote alongside a photo of the newest arrival.

Erin also took to Instagram to share the news, writing, "I am over the moon to update you all on the happy (long-awaited!) arrival of our newest and super precious little team member... Meet Tillie Rose.


"Our very beautiful and exciting Christmas present 🎁 born on Christmas Day."

She continued, "Mum and Bub are doing great. And we have one very excited, very natural and extremely smitten big sister. We are all so in love."

Matt Golinski's daughter Tillie Rose Golinski
Matt described his newborn daughter Tillie Rose Golinski as a "Christmas miracle". Photo: Instagram/Matt Golinski

Matt and Erin welcomed their first daughter Aluna Bennie in August 2017 via IVF, with Tillie's arrival coming 10 years after Matt survived a tragic house fire that killed his first wife Rachael and their three daughters, twins Sage and Willow, 13, and Starlia, 10.

The chef suffered burns to 40 per cent of his body and spent eight weeks in a coma. During this time he also went through 24 operations, including skin grafts.

Matt met his second wife Erin, a personal trainer, while she worked in the hospital as an assistant to the centre's physiotherapists and they married in 2017.

Matt and Erin with their daughter Aluna Bennie
Matt and Erin with their first daughter Aluna Bennie. Photo: Instagram/Matt Golinski

Speaking with Australian Story in 2018, Matt shared how he was able to move forward after the unthinkable tragedy, "I probably spent four months crying and screaming and asking myself why and fighting it."

He added, "It took some stupid, heavy drinking and all that sort of stupid stuff that you do where you just want to destroy yourself. But in the end, there's no explanation for it … the only thing you can do is just accept sometimes that's how life goes and there's absolutely nothing you can do to change it."

When he met Erin, he says she never once flinched at his emotional baggage, "She just took to it so naturally and so graciously."

Matt's sister Kathy added that if Rachael could have chosen someone for him, she would have chosen someone just like Erin.

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