Jock Zonfrillo, Scottish television presenter, chef, and judge of MasterChef Australia, has died. He was 46.
Jock Zonfrillo’s death was announced through a statement posted on his social media pages.
“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,” his family wrote, adding that they are too overwhelmed to share memories and stories about their loved one at the moment.
“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.”
MasterChef Australia, where Zonfrillo appeared as a judge since 2019, issued a statement expressing their shock and sadness over Jock’s death.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
MasterChef Australia will not air this week in honor of Jock Zonfrillo. Zonfrillo is survived by his wife and four children.