Jock Zonfrillo, 46, renowned award-winning chef, author and star of the MasterChef program, has died. Police found his body at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday at a prestigious hotel in Melbourne.
The Scottish chef prepared award-winning dishes in restaurants around the world before moving to Australia to open his own fine dining establishment.
His skill and smile landed him a role in the MasterChef program. Network 10 executives confirmed Zonfrillo’s death the day the 2023 season MasterChef show was set to premiere.
The famed chef is survived by his wife Lauren and four children, Ava, Sophie, Alfie and Isla.
Police report responding to a welfare check at Melbourne’s Lygon Street hotel. A Victoria police spokesperson said: “Police attended a Lygon Street address for a welfare check and located a man deceased about 2 a.m. on May 1.”
The spokesperson added: “The 46-year-old man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.”
Zonfrillo’s family released a brief statement:
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.
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.
Many have posted online tributes:
Jamie Oliver wrote on Instagram: “I’m in total shock to wake up to the sudden death of chef Jock Zonfrillo. We had the best time working together for this years master chef, I can’t tell how good it was to work with him!
“Jock was very generous to me with his time and spirit in the show and for that I was really grateful…Mellisa, Andy & Jock work as the most inspiring judges and mentors and each have there very own unique view and style…Jock will be so very missed…
“I can’t believe I’m writing this…….Sending heartfelt love and condolences to all of his family, friends and his second family the master chef team and contestants xxx. Love Jamie”
Gordan Ramsay tweeted: “Saddened by the devastating news of Jock Zonfrillo‘s passing. I truly enjoyed the time we spent together on MasterChef in Australia.”
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