Jock Zonfrillo was a Scottish-born television presenter and former chef who lived in Melbourne, Australia.
He was a MasterChef Australia judge alongside Andy Allen and Melissa Leong and was also the founder of The Orana Foundation. He passed away in Melbourne on 30 April 2023.
Zonfrillo started working in kitchens at the age of 13 as a part-time dishwasher while still in school.
After finishing school, he worked at the Arkle Restaurant in Chester before travelling to Australia to work at Restaurant 41 in Sydney for 12 months.
Upon returning to the UK, he was appointed as the head chef at The Tresanton Hotel in Cornwall, England.
Zonfrillo returned to Australia in January 2000 as the head chef at Restaurant 41 in Sydney.
In November 2013, he opened Restaurant Orana and Street ADL in Adelaide, replacing Street ADL with Bistro Blackwood in September 2017.
Restaurant Orana was named Australia’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Magazine, and in the same year, Zonfrillo was named Australia’s 2018 Hottest Chef in The Australian.
Orana was also named Australia’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year by the Good Food Guide.
In July 2019, Zonfrillo closed Nonna Mallozzi after it incurred losses exceeding $140,000. In late 2019, Bistro Blackwood closed, followed by Orana in March 2020, which resulted in combined debts of approximately $3.2 million. Zonfrillo was a judge for MasterChef Australia and Junior Masterchef Australia in 2020.
In July 2021, Zonfrillo began selling handmade bracelets with skulls on them for up to $500 each under the brand Caim, which he explained was not religious but rather an invisible circle of protection to remind people to feel safe and loved even in the darkest times.
Jock Zonfrillo Children
Before his death, Zonfrillo was married to his third wife, Lauren Fried, in all Jock had children: Ava and Sophia, from his first two marriages, and Alfie and Isla, with Fried.