Jock Zonfrillo says MasterChef Australia has improved his mental health


MasterChef Australia judge Jock Zonfrillo says starring on the cooking show has improved his mental health and made him a better father

He has made no secret of his battles with anxiety and stress over the last few years.

And Jock Zonfrillo now says that being a judge on MasterChef Australia has improved his mental health and made him a better father.

The celebrity chef, 45, told Now to Love on Wednesday that the filming schedule for Channel 10’s hit cooking show allowed him to spend more time with his family.

Jock Zonfrillo says being a judge on MasterChef Australia has improved his mental health and made him a better father

Jock Zonfrillo says being a judge on MasterChef Australia has improved his mental health and made him a better father 

‘I was used to working every single Christmas, birthday, anniversary, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve,’ he said of his former life as a working chef.

‘As hospitality workers, we allow everyone else to celebrate those days, and as a consequence, we miss out on those celebrations.’ 

Jock, who was announced a judge on MasterChef in 2019, shares two children, Alfie, four, and Isla, 18 months with Lauren Fried, his third wife.

He also has two adult daughters, Ava and Sophie, from earlier marriages.  

The celebrity chef, 45, told Now to Love on Wednesday that the filmi

The celebrity chef, 45, told Now to Love on Wednesday that the filming schedule for Channel 10’s hit cooking show allowed him to spend more time with his family (pictured)

The Scottish-born restaurateur said MasterChef had given him the freedom to enjoy family life because he no longer works nights and weekends.

‘I’ve been on MasterChef pretty much the whole of both of my younger kids’ lives,’ he said.

Jock also revealed the show was an opportunity to share his feelings and experiences, especially as a father, which in turn improved his mental health.

The Scottish-born restaurateur said MasterChef had given him the freedom to enjoy family life because he no longer works nights and weekends

The Scottish-born restaurateur said MasterChef had given him the freedom to enjoy family life because he no longer works nights and weekends

Jock told the Herald Sun last year that food helped him not only cope with his anxiety, but also saved him from ending up in jail or even dead.

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

Jock confessed he ‘thought something’s not right’ after two failed marriages and a breakdown in friendships.

‘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,’ he said.

If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 

Jock (pictured with his wife) also revealed the show was an opportunity to share his feelings and experiences, especially as a father, which in turn improved his mental health

Jock (pictured with his wife) also revealed the show was an opportunity to share his feelings and experiences, especially as a father, which in turn improved his mental health 

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