Home Entertainment Darren Purchese reveals his close bond with late MasterChef star Jock Zonfrillo

Darren Purchese reveals his close bond with late MasterChef star Jock Zonfrillo

0

[ad_1]

Pastry chef Darren Purchese has paid tribute to his close friend Jock Zonfrillo after his shock death on Monday at the age of 46.

Darren, 48, who hails from the UK, said he and Jock once met on the set of MasterChef Australia when they appeared as guests chefs and bonded straight away.

Darren spoke about his close bond with Jock on The Project on Monday, saying that while the Scotsmen had ‘some tough times in his life,’ he would always show up for his mates if they needed a chat or support. 

‘It’s a massive loss,’ Darren told hosts Waleed Aly and Sarah Harris.  

‘I woke up this morning excited to watch him on MasterChef, he loved mentoring people and seemed to love his life, so I’m in shock sitting here talking about a good friend of mine,’ Darren said. 

Pastry chef Darren Purchese has paid tribute to his close friend Jock Zonfrillo after his shock death on Monday at the age of 46. He appeared on The Project and spoke about their friendship

Pastry chef Darren Purchese has paid tribute to his close friend Jock Zonfrillo after his shock death on Monday at the age of 46. He appeared on The Project and spoke about their friendship

‘He was a sort of friend that I really valued, I could talk to him about anything. We met on the set of MasterChef a few years ago, we had the same friends back in London… we really clicked and he’s had some tough times in his life and I have.’

‘He was the friend I could call anytime and he would pick up and I know he’s done that to other people as well… my heart goes out to his family, he was a devoted family man. He was a great friend to me and someone I could call on anytime.’

He added: ‘He did lots of thoughtful and kind things, big and small. He had a wicked sense of humour. I cant speak highly enough of the man. He was a star and a phenomenal chef and such a great person. It’s a massive loss.’

Darren spoke about his close bond with Jock on The Project on Monday, saying that while the Scotsmen had 'some tough times in his life,' he would always show up for his mates if they needed a chat or support. 'It's a massive loss,' he said

Darren spoke about his close bond with Jock on The Project on Monday, saying that while the Scotsmen had ‘some tough times in his life,’ he would always show up for his mates if they needed a chat or support. ‘It’s a massive loss,’ he said

Jock Zonfrillo’s shock death at the age of 46 was announced by his family on Monday. 

His death comes as MasterChef’s fifteenth season, featuring Jamie Oliver as a guest judge, was due to premiere on Ten on Monday night. 

The show will not be airing this week in light of Zonfrillo’s passing.

A report will be prepared for the coroner after Zonfrillo’s body was found at about 2am on Monday.

‘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,’ his family said in a statement on Monday.

Jock's shock death was announced in a family statement on Instagram on Monday and underneath a number of celebrities expressed their condolences

Jock’s shock death was announced in a family statement on Instagram on Monday and underneath a number of celebrities expressed their condolences

‘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 mate, or were lucky enough to be his family, keep this proud Scot in your hearts when you have your next whisky.’

They continued: ‘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.’

The Scottish-Australian chef and restaurateur became a host of the popular Channel 10 cooking show in 2019 alongside Andy Allen and Melissa Leong.

Zonfrillo is survived by his third wife, Lauren Fried, and his four children: Ava and Sophia, from his first two marriages, and Alfie and Isla, with Fried.

The Scottish-Australian chef and restaurateur became a host of the popular Channel 10 cooking show in 2019 alongside Andy Allen and Melissa Leong

Zonfrillo, who started his career working under Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White in the UK, famously overcame an addiction to heroin during his teenage years in Glasgow before becoming one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs.

He once said he owed his life to food, telling an interviewer: ‘It saved my life. A lot of my friends from my early days are dead now or in jail.

‘The thing about being a junkie is that the only way you can get out is if there’s something in your life more compelling than drugs. And for me, I had another addiction: to food and to cooking. That’s what moved me on. That’s how I survived.’

Zonfrillo is survived by his third wife, Lauren Fried, and his four children: Ava and Sophia, from his first two marriages, and Alfie and Isla, with Fried

Zonfrillo is survived by his third wife, Lauren Fried, and his four children: Ava and Sophia, from his first two marriages, and Alfie and Isla, with Fried

[ad_2]

Source link