Award-winning Scottish chef and MasterChef Australia host Jock Zonfrillo has tragically died in Melbourne.
He was 46.
In accordance with the BBC web site, Zonfrillo labored with world-famous cooks in famend eating places world wide earlier than opening his personal in Adelaide in 2013.
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His dying on Sunday was confirmed by Community 10, on the day it was on account of air the 2023 season premiere of MasterChef.
Zonfrillo is survived by his spouse, Lauren, and 4 kids, Ava, Sophie, Alfie and Isla, who in an announcement mentioned their hearts have been “shattered”.
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A number of previous MasterChef Australia contributors have been fast to pay tribute, together with Sarah Todd.
Todd completed ninth in MasterChef Australia season six in 2014 and returned to participate within the ‘Followers v Favourites’ sequence in 2022 the place she completed because the runner-up.
She took to Instagram to put in writing to her 445 000 followers: “I’m in complete shock and disbelief upon listening to the devastating information of Jock Zonfrillo’s passing. A real culinary artist. My coronary heart goes out to his household and delightful kids throughout this troublesome time. Relaxation in peace, Jock.”
MasterChef Australia is not going to air this week
Community 10 additionally paid tribute to the star, saying he had impressed a nation of residence cooks.
“Jock’s charisma, depraved sense of humour, generosity, ardour and love for meals and his household can’t be measured. He will likely be significantly missed.”
MasterChef is not going to air this week as deliberate, it mentioned.
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Zonfrillo was born in Glasgow to an Italian father and a Scottish mom, rising up in a family with a powerful mixed-culture ethos, which is claimed to have fuelled his obsession with meals.
He began on the lookout for work within the business when he was 12 years outdated. He labored an apprenticeship at The Turnberry Lodge at 15 and by the point he was 17, he was working with Marco Pierre White on the well-known chef’s restaurant.