Zonfrillo’s passing was announced on May 1st, with a statement to his Instagram confirming that the beloved MasterChef judge had sadly passed away on April 30, 2023.
‘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’, read the statement.
‘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 whiskey’, the statement continued.
Victoria Police confirm that Zonfrillo’s death is not being treated as suspicious and no cause of death has been given.
As news of Zonfrillo’s tragic passing broke, tributes to the father of four began to flow across social media.
Allen continued to reflect on his friendship with Zonfrillo, stating “What I didn’t realise is how close Alex and I would become outside of the kitchen with you, Lauren and your kids. You’ve become such an inspirational and important part of our lives. Sure, you’ve taught me so much about food, but it’s the lessons I learnt about what it means to be a great father, husband and friend that I’ll take away from our time together and will last forever.”
“I’ll miss the way you mentored me and every contestant that walked into the MasterChef kitchen, I’ll miss you ordering the entire menu no matter how many dishes deep and making me eat every last bite, I’ll miss your morning on-set coffees that made me shake from the amount of caffeine you were able to extract out of every individual bean”, Allen added.
“I’ll miss the morning FaceTimes with Loz, Alfie and Isla, but overall I’ll miss you looking out for me every single day. Thanks for making me constantly laugh and being there when I needed to cry. You really were the complete package mate and life will never been the same without you. I know you’ll be looking down on Loz, Ava, Sophia, Alfie & Isla. Gove it up for Jock Zonfrillo.”
“In that time, you showed me what true excellence looks like both in the kitchen and outside of it; your kindness and generosity, the many lives you’ve lived, the way you carried far more on your shoulders than most could ever know. Thank you for challenging me daily, for making me better, my work buddy and friend, purveyor of excellent morning coffees, hater of pears, okra and nasturtiums”, she wrote.
Leong continued, stating “This all feels too raw too process still, I suspect it will for some time. Such is the impact of a life lived so large, with so much levity and entirely on your own terms. My heart goes out to your family, who were and are your life. A wee dram for you today, and always.”
Zonfrillo was best known as a judge on MasterChef Australia, with the charming Scotsman guiding audiences through the MasterChef kitchen since 2019.
Getting his start in the kitchen at 13 as a part-time dishwasher, Zonfrillo worked his way through the culinary ranks, earning his first head chef position at 22, as well as receiving Gourmet Traveller’s 2018 Restuarant of the Year Award for his restaurant Orana, and 2018 Hottest Chef in The Australian.
Zonfrillo sadly leaves behind his wife of six years, Lauren Fried, their two children Alfie, 5, and Isla, 2, and his two eldest daughters, Ava and Sophia.
He will be sincerely missed by friends, family, and fans.
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