Born in Glasgow to an Italian father and Scottish mother, Jock Zonfrillo’s formative years were heavily influenced by his respective cultures.
Attracted to the dynamic and competitive kitchens of London, he worked alongside top chefs like Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and David Cavalier.
Jock was on a year-long sabbatical in Sydney when a conversation with an Aboriginal man became the turning point in Jock’s journey to discover the taste and origins of Australia’s Indigenous cuisine.
Jock eventually moved to Adelaide and opened Restaurant Orana in 2013. Orana was a fine-dining experience designed to acknowledge Indigenous culture through food.
Jock hosted Nomad Chef on The Discovery Channel, a show which led an exploration into the Indigenous cultures and cuisine of some of the most remote communities on earth. He appeared in the MasterChef Australia kitchen as a guest chef across three seasons and in late 2019 Jock was announced as one of the new MasterChef Australia judges alongside Andy Allen and Melissa Leong.
The father of four is happily married to businesswoman Lauren Zonfrillo. The couple live together in Melbourne with their two young children, Alfie and Isla.
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