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The cooking world was hit with tragedy on Monday as news broke of chef Jock Zonfrillo’s death.
The chef was just 46 years old.
Zonfrillo had become a growing household name in Australia, where he quickly asserted himself as a fan favorite on beloved cooking show “MasterChef Australia,” which he joined in 2019.
In fact, the latest season of the popular show was slated to air on Monday, but it has been pulled from the air for the time being.
Network 10, the network that carries the show, released a statement through parent company Paramount to confirm the news.
“Network 10 and Endemol Shine Australia are deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of Jock Zonfrillo, a beloved member of the ‘MasterChef Australia’ family. Jock passed away in Melbourne yesterday,” the statement said.
“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.”
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