Celebrity chef Jock Zonfrillo, known for his role as judge on MasterChef Australia, has passed away, aged 46.
Zonfrillo’s family confirmed he passed away on Sunday in Melbourne.
“With completely shattered hearts and without knowing how we can possibly move through life without him, we are devastated to share that Jock passed away yesterday,” the family’s statement read.
“So many words can describe him, so many stories can be told, but at this time we’re too overwhelmed to put them into words. For those who crossed his path, became his mate, or were lucky enough to be his family, keep this proud Scot in your hearts when you have your next whisky.
“We implore you to please let us grieve privately as we find a way to navigate through this and find space on the other side to celebrate our irreplaceable husband, father, brother, son and friend.”
Network 10 And Endemol Shine Australia said in a joint statement they are “deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of Jock.”
“In 2019, Jock was named as a judge on MasterChef Australia in which he took great pride in challenging and coaching the contestants and of course inspiring a nation of home cooks.
“Jock’s charisma, wicked sense of humour, generosity, passion and love for food and his family cannot be measured. He will be greatly missed.”
When Zonfrillo moved Australia, he opened his resturants Bistro Blackwood and Restaurant Orana in Adelaide, with Restaurant Orana recognised with the coveted distinction of three hats in both 2019 and 2020.
He also received global accolades, accepting the prestigious Basque Culinary World Prize in 2018.
MasterChef Australia, which was scheduled to premier tonight with Zonfrillo returning for another season, will not air this week.
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