/MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo desperate to fly to Sydney to see my daughter

MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo desperate to fly to Sydney to see my daughter


MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo reveals his agony over being separated from his 19-year-old daughter due to COVID-19

Just like many Australians, MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo has been separated from members of his family since the borders between several states were slammed shut. 

And now the father-of-four has spoken about his agony over not being able to see his eldest daughter, Ava.

The 19-year-old lives in Sydney, which is a world away from the adopted Adelaide home of the 44-year-old, or the MasterChef HQ in Melbourne.

Junior MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo (left) has revealed his desire to see his 19-year-old daughter, Ava (right) after the pair were separated throughout the coronavirus pandemic

Junior MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo (left) has revealed his desire to see his 19-year-old daughter, Ava (right) after the pair were separated throughout the coronavirus pandemic

Jock revealed his desire to travel interstate to visit his beloved first born, who is the older sister to Sophia, 14, and stepsister to Alfie, two.

He said he aimed to travel back when the world ‘returns to normal’.

‘[I want to] fly to Sydney and see my daughter,’ he told New Idea.

The close bond Jock shares with Ava has been prevalent on social media, with the celebrity chef sharing multiple pictures of the pair.

Close: The close bond Jock shares with Ava has been prevalent on social media, with the celebrity chef sharing multiple pictures of the pair

Close: The close bond Jock shares with Ava has been prevalent on social media, with the celebrity chef sharing multiple pictures of the pair 

The loving father has publicly celebrated several big occasions, including Ava’s Year 12 father-daughter dinner, her 17th birthday and a family holiday involving Sophia.

‘First time I’ve been able to take both my amazing daughters on holiday at the same time,’ Jock wrote in a post in April 2017. 

Milestones: The loving father has publicly celebrated several big occasions, including Ava's Year 12 father-daughter dinner, her 17th birthday and a family holiday involving Sophia

Milestones: The loving father has publicly celebrated several big occasions, including Ava’s Year 12 father-daughter dinner, her 17th birthday and a family holiday involving Sophia 

The doting dad will soon welcome his fourth child with his third wife, Lauren Fried.

The couple announced they were expecting their second child together earlier this year, and the bundle of joy is due to arrive any day.

The pregnancy has been a bit of a whirlwind for the couple, who were forced to separate due to COVID-19 and filming MasterChef in Melbourne.

Growing brood: Jock will soon welcome his fourth child with his third wife, Lauren Fried (left). The couple announced they were expecting their second child together earlier this year, and are already parents to Alfie, 2 (right)

Growing brood: Jock will soon welcome his fourth child with his third wife, Lauren Fried (left). The couple announced they were expecting their second child together earlier this year, and are already parents to Alfie, 2 (right)

‘We had to spend five weeks apart because I was in Melbourne filming MasterChef and she and the kids isolated at our place in Adelaide because it has acreage,’ Jock told Now To Love in May.

‘I’ve never been away from my wife for more than a night. 

‘I’ve never been happier to see everybody than when we got to reunite recently.’ 

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