MasterChef fans left heartbroken over Jock Zonfrillo moment: 'Tonight broke me'

Jock Zonfrillo was left in tears during a particularly emotional MasterChef segment.

It’s been a rollercoaster series for MasterChef viewers, with many fans left close to tears during a number of episodes watching Jock Zonfrillo judge his final season.

But viewers were left particularly heartbroken last night after the late Scottish chef broke down in tears during an emotional segment on the show.

The remaining four contestants were delivered letters from their families right before they got their hands dirty in the kitchen - and there were tears all around.

Jock Zonfrillo crying on MasterChef 2023
Jock Zonfrillo broke down crying on MasterChef. Photo: Channel 10
Photo: Channel 10Jock Zonfrillo with his worry beads crying on MasterChef
The late chef was visibly upset. Photo: Channel 10

Brent Draper struggled to read through his letter from home, where his son, Alfie, told him how much he missed him and his wife detailed how proud they are of him in how he’s dealt with his mental health battles in the past few years.

Jock, who had long spoken about his own struggles with anxiety, was visibly emotional, wiping away a tear and saying ‘wow’ at the impact the letter had on him.


Fans were left in tears after watching the moment, with one person writing: “Tonight broke me. When Brent was reading his letter and Jock was tearing up. All I could think of was Jock’s family. I bawled my eyes out.”

“I think reading their letters from home and Brent’s son also being called Alfie just made Jock miss his family who were all in Italy. He’d been home for months making MC while his family were not there with him. He made me teary last night,” another person wrote.

Another fan wrote: “Watching tonight's episode of MasterChef I couldn't hold back the tears.”

Brent Draper on Masterchef 2023
Brent read out a letter from home where they spoke about how proud they were of his mental health journey. Photo: Channel 10

Others noted that it’s going to be difficult watching the finale this Sunday “knowing we won’t get to see him again”.

“This episode really hit it hard for me with the love and letters from their families, when I saw Jock tearing up, I lost it and started crying when I saw him, Realizing that soon he will be gone and he has no idea,” another person wrote.

Jock and Brent’s bond

Jock and Brent have a history of dealing with tough moments together, with Jock being a rock for Brent when he decided to step away from MasterChef in 2021 due to mental health reasons.

Addressing Brent on the show at the time, Jock said: "I know this hasn't been an easy decision to make, and we want you to know that every single person in this kitchen is so proud of you..."

At this point, Jock's voice broke as he struggled to maintain composure.

"By the way you cook, and for your courage in making this decision and holding your hand up and saying, 'You know what? I need to sort myself out'.

"The competition's going to be poorer without you."

Jock later revealed that he had gifted Brent with a pair of worry beads, an item the chef sold in order to raise money for Beyond Blue.

"I actually reckon for three weeks after I didn't go anywhere without them [worry beads], and they literally helped me relax and calm down so many times,” Brent told Woman’s Day this year.

Jock Zonfrillo wearing a kilt on MasterChef
Jock spoke out about his own battle with mental health in the past. Photo: Channel 10

Jock also opened up about his personal battles with his mental health revealing to the Sunday Herald Sun in 2021 how Brent’s decision to leave the show reminded him how far he had come in his own mental health journey.

“If it hadn’t been for food I would definitely be behind bars or in a pine box six foot under for sure,’’ he confessed.

The father of four, who had previously spoken about his recovery from being a drug addict, went on to describe how it took him a while to ‘sort out’ his mental health.

“It wasn’t until I left behind a couple of failed marriages and a breakdown in relationship, friends or otherwise,” he said.

“(I thought) something’s not right here and it’s me. By which time I’d lost a lot - friends and love and marriage and contact with kids. For a lot of people by then it’s too late. You’ve really got to get on top of it early.”

The Glasgow-born star was found dead at 2am in Melbourne on May 1, after police received a call requesting a “welfare check”.

Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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