Jock Zonfrillo, a host on Network 10’s MasterChef Australia passed away in Melbourne aged 46.
His sudden death on Sunday was confirmed by Network 10, on the day it was due to air the 2023 season premiere of MasterChef.
BBC reports that Network 10 said: “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,” it said.
“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.”
Network 10 also paid tribute to the star, saying he had inspired a nation of home cooks.
“Jock’s charisma, wicked sense of humour, generosity, passion and love for food and his family cannot be measured. He will be greatly missed.”
MasterChef will not air this week as planned, Network 10 said.
Zonfrillo – the Scottish presenter and former chef – joined the Channel 10 show in 2019, alongside Melissa Leong and Andy Allen.
He is survived by his wife Lauren Fried and his four children.