Jock Zonfrilllo, passed away in Melbourne, age 46.
A statement from the MasterChef’s social media account on Monday the 1st of may, in the afternoon stated,
“-Jock was known to Australians as a chef, best-selling author, philanthropist and MasterChef judge but he will be best remembered as a loving father, husband, brother and son.”
Victorian police were called to do a welfare check at a Carlton address early on the monday morning, where they fond the body of the 46-year-old man, they have not revealed the cause of death, but stated there were no suspicious circumstances.
Jock Zonfrillo was born in Glasgow to an Italian father and a Scottish mother, born was Barry Zonfrillo, he move to Australia at the age of 20.
Jock had detailed in his autobiography, his triumphant overcoming of his teenage addiction to heroin and credited his cooking to turning his life around. Zonfrillo operated renowned restaurants in Sydney and adelaide for over two decades, before becoming a MasterChef judge.
Zonfrillo was known for his usage of native Australian ingredients in his restaurants, sourcing them form Aboriginal communities to celebrate indigenous culture and the unique flavour the culture brings.
Zonfrillo’s family has made a statement on Monday asking for privacy and respect.
“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, 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.”