How MasterChef Australia will honour Jock Zonfrillo
"It is with Jock in our hearts that we cherish this season..."
The long-anticipated premiere of MasterChef Australia was postponed earlier this week, following the tragic death of beloved judge Jock Zonfrillo. The news was confirmed by 10 and Endemol Shine.
"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," a statement from the program said.
"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."
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In a new update on Wednesday, May 5, the network confirmed the future of the season.
"Jock took great pride in challenging and coaching the contestants and of course inspiring a nation of home cooks," the statement revealed, adding they would be airing the new season with "the full support" of Jock's loving family.
"It is with Jock in our hearts that we cherish this season and remember the charismatic and big-hearted Judge and Chef who we knew and loved. Jock will be remembered in the MasterChef Australia kitchen for years to come."
The Sunday Project will pay tribute to Jock from 6.30pm, with MasterChef premiering at 7:30pm, on Sunday.
Jock was 46 years old. No cause of death was given. A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed that the death was not being treated as suspicious.
The sad news was shared by Jock's family on his Instagram account.
"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," the statement read.
"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 mater, 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."
Tina BurkeTina Burke is the Digital Managing Editor of Entertainment at Are Media. She's obsessed with all things pop culture, entertainment and lifestyle. When she’s not talking about the latest TV shows, you’ll find her aimlessly scrolling through TikTok.