Jock Zonfrillo shares the early days when he was a chef and how tough it was for young chefs. Bullying, expectations and mental health was considered 'normal'.
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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 chef 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, a fine-dining experience designed to acknowledge Indigenous culture through food.
In late 2019 Jock was announced as one of the new MasterChef Australia judges alongside Andy Allen and Melissa Leong.
Join us as Jock returns to the cafe to talk about his new book, Last Shot, a coming-of-age memoir of addiction, ambition and redemption in the high-stakes world of Michelin star kitchens, and shares with us his unforgettable story.