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To pay respect to the late Jock Zonfrillo, MasterChef Australia has postponed the premiere of season 15. Jock, who had stepped foot in the show in 2019, passed away on April 30, 2023, and his family announced his demise on social media.
Jock made a name for himself, starting to work at 12. He was a celebrated chef and television personality, and his reported net worth was around $5 million.
|Real Name||Jock Zonfrillo|
|Date of birth||August 4, 1976|
|Date of death||April 30, 2023|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
Jock Zonfrillo Professional Career
The MasterChef Australia judge began working as a part-time dishwasher at 12, and at 15, he left school to work in Turnberry’s Hotel kitchens.
He won the Young Scottish Chef of the Year award in 1993, which led to his relocation to Chester and, subsequently to London. He worked under renowned chef Marco Pierre White.
In 1996, he made his first visit to Australia, and by 2000, he had permanently moved there and became the head chef at Restaurant 41 in Sydney. He served as the head at Penfolds Magill for 18 months in 2011.
He opened his 1st dining restaurant in Adelaide. Gourmet Traveller called it the restaurant of the year.
Jock Zonfrillo Television Career
Jock started his television career as the host of Nomad Chef in 2014. He also hosted Restaurant Revolution in 2015 and later made a guest appearance as a chef on MasterChef Australia in 2019.
In 2021, Jock Zonfrillo, who rose to fame through MasterChef Australia, published his memoir Last Shot. It chronicled his battles with addiction and mental health problems during his culinary career.
However, several publications claimed that many of the book’s details were “false or exaggerated.” Jock Zonfrillo addressed the situation by speaking with Guardian Australia to provide clarity.
Jock Zonfrillo Cars
Jock Zonfrillo had a collection of cars that included a Jaguar F-PACE, a Ford Mustang, a Toyota Corolla, and a Ferrari Roma. Moreover, details about his other assets are unknown yet.
Jock Zonfrillo Sources Of Income
Sources estimate Jock Zonfrillo’s net worth at the time of death was around $5 million. He earned most of his income as a TV host and chef. Several sources state that MasterChef Australia paid Jock, Melissa Leong, and Andy Allen an annual salary of $500,000.
Gourmet Magazine declared Orana as their restaurant of the year. Jock Zonfrillo opened a brand-new cafeteria named “Nonna Mallozzi” in December 2018.
Unfortunately, the café had to be closed down in 2019 due to incurring a $140K loss. This hurt Jock’s total net worth.