MasterChef: Jock Zonfrillo's secret baby joy amid 'difficult time'

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo has shared his surprise baby joy with the world by posting the first photo of his gorgeous newborn daughter a whole month after she was born.

The Scottish-born celebrity chef took to Instagram to announce the arrival of Isla Generosa on Sunday, his fourth child and second with wife Lauren.

MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo has shared the first snap of his newborn daughter, Isla Generosa. Photo: Instagram/zonfrillo.
MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo has shared the first snap of his newborn daughter, Isla Generosa. Photo: Instagram/zonfrillo.

“I haven’t been able to wipe the smile off my face for the last four weeks - our precious little Isla Generosa Zonfrillo, my fourth kiddo, came into our world,” the 44-year-old gushed.

“I couldn’t ask for more - a healthy baby, happy siblings, and a rockstar wife. The Zonfrillo Clan have never been happier :•)” he added.

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Jock went on to thank “the amazing Epworth Freemason midwives” who looked after Isla and his wife “during what was a difficult time with all the COVID-19 restrictions”.

Isla becomes a little sister to Lauren and Jock’s two-year-old son, Alfie, and Jock’s two teenage daughters, Ava and Sophia, from a previous relationship.

Jock shares a son, Alfie, with his wife Lauren and has two older daughters from a previous relationship. Photo: Instagram/zonfrillo.
Jock shares a son, Alfie, with his wife Lauren and has two older daughters from a previous relationship. Photo: Instagram/zonfrillo.

Jock’s career has gone from strength-to-strength in his adopted home of Australia since he arrived in Sydney in 1999. He worked at Penfolds Wines’ flagship Magill restaurant before opening up his own award-winning establishment, Restaurant Orana, in 2013 in Adelaide.

Prior to that, Jock struggled with drug addiction after falling in with the wrong crowd as a teenager in Scotland in the ‘80s. By the age of 17, he was hooked on heroin, homeless and jobless, after being sacked from a Michelin star restaurant in England over a foul-mouthed rant.

He was given a second chance at celebrity chef Marco Pierre White’s restaurant at the Hyde Park Hotel in London. On New Year’s Eve in 1999, Jock shot up his last dose of heroin before boarding a plane to Sydney and he’s been clean ever since.

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