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MasterChef’s Jock Zonfrillo reveals plans to make a movie about his life


Jock Zonfrillo has spoken candidly about overcoming his addiction to heroin.

The MasterChef judge, 45, decided on a clean start at age 23, when he left Glasgow, Scotland, for Australia.  

He decided to kick the bad habit to the curb on New Years Eve in 1999.

Moves: Jock Zonfrillo (pictured) has spoken candidly about overcoming his addiction to heroin. The MasterChef judge, 45, decided on a clean start at age 23, when he left Glasgow, Scotland, for Australia 

He writes in his memoir, Last Shot: ‘I remember thinking: ‘This is the last-ever time. This is the last shot.’ I would never take drugs again. When the plane landed in Sydney I’d be free of all of that.’

Jock had managed to keep his addiction a secret until an article had outed him in 2014.

That forced him to admit his problem to his family, which he told The Daily Telegraph was one of his darkest hours.  

Recovery: He writes in his memoir, Last Shot: 'I remember thinking: 'This is the last-ever time. This is the last shot.' I would never take drugs again. When the plane landed in Sydney I'd be free of all of that'

Recovery: He writes in his memoir, Last Shot: ‘I remember thinking: ‘This is the last-ever time. This is the last shot.’ I would never take drugs again. When the plane landed in Sydney I’d be free of all of that’

‘I think it was one of the most horrible days of my life, without question,’ he told the paper on Friday. 

‘I had to sit the kids down and tell them. And tell my mum and dad. And my ex-wife. Just the feeling of that was absolutely horrid.’ 

The award winning chef noted that having to relive that moment for his book was difficult as it was a highly emotional time in his life. 

Hard: Jock had managed to keep his addiction a secret until an article had outed him in 2014. That forced him to admit his problem to his family, which he told The Daily Telegraph was one of his darkest hours. Pictured with his children

Hard: Jock had managed to keep his addiction a secret until an article had outed him in 2014. That forced him to admit his problem to his family, which he told The Daily Telegraph was one of his darkest hours. Pictured with his children 

Difficult: 'I think it was one of the most horrible days of my life, without question,' he told the paper on Friday. 'I had to sit the kids down and tell them. And tell my mum and dad. And my ex-wife. Just the feeling of that was absolutely horrid.' Pictured with wife  Lauren Fried

Difficult: ‘I think it was one of the most horrible days of my life, without question,’ he told the paper on Friday. ‘I had to sit the kids down and tell them. And tell my mum and dad. And my ex-wife. Just the feeling of that was absolutely horrid.’ Pictured with wife  Lauren Fried

‘That was the hardest part to write because it brings back all of those emotions. Once I got over how vulnerable I was, all of a sudden there was a sense of relief that that secret that was mine for so long was now revealed,’ he said.  

Jock recently revealed that he began using drugs when he was just 11-years-old – and purchased them from ice cream vans. 

The chef divulged the details about his wild childhood in Glasgow in a candid interview on The Project last week.   

Past: Jock recently revealed that he began using drugs when he was just 11-years-old - and purchased them from ice cream vans

Past: Jock recently revealed that he began using drugs when he was just 11-years-old – and purchased them from ice cream vans

He said: ‘Maybe 11 or 12, smoking pot, that was the first time I ever did drugs but that leads to other stuff, whether it’s speed, you know, or you are drinking. 

‘If you go to an ice cream van in Glasgow and if you say the right thing you get the right thing. 

‘There is a thing that plays children’s music to attract kids towards it and everyone knows that there’s drugs being sold out of it, do you know what I mean? It’s not a secret,’ he added. 

Jock lost a childhood friend during an altercation, and it inspired him to get off the streets and pursue his dream of becoming a chef in his mid teens.  

Candid: He divulged the details about his wild childhood in Glasgow, Scotland, in a candid interview on The Project on Monday. The 44-year-old said: 'Maybe 11 or 12, smoking pot, that was the first time I ever did drugs but that leads to other stuff, whether it's speed, you know, or you are drinking'

Candid: He divulged the details about his wild childhood in Glasgow, Scotland, in a candid interview on The Project on Monday. The 44-year-old said: ‘Maybe 11 or 12, smoking pot, that was the first time I ever did drugs but that leads to other stuff, whether it’s speed, you know, or you are drinking’

He explained: 'If you go to an ice cream van in Glasgow and if you say the right thing you get the right thing. There is a thing that plays children's music to attract kids towards it and everyone knows that there's drugs being sold out of it, do you know what I mean? It's not a secret'. Pictured as a pre-teen

He explained: ‘If you go to an ice cream van in Glasgow and if you say the right thing you get the right thing. There is a thing that plays children’s music to attract kids towards it and everyone knows that there’s drugs being sold out of it, do you know what I mean? It’s not a secret’. Pictured as a pre-teen

‘A car rolled up past us and wound the window down and said ‘give us your jacket’ to my mate. He looked and them and he was like – you know, he told them to eff off. They started piling into him and there was five of them. 

‘It was bad news. He passed away. And for what? A jacket? And that was Glasgow.’     

In the past, the cooking show judge has revealed his teenage heroin addiction almost ended his culinary career before it even started.

Recovery: In the past, the cooking show judge has revealed his teenage heroin addiction almost ended his culinary career before it even started

Recovery: In the past, the cooking show judge has revealed his teenage heroin addiction almost ended his culinary career before it even started 

The star, who moved from the UK to Australia in the year 2000, began using smack at the age of 15, just as he was starting out at restaurants.

He told The Australian Women’s Weekly he used to be a high-functioning addict who was ‘always in the kitchen on time, ready to work’ – but everything changed when he didn’t show up one day and was fired from his job.

‘I was high functioning. I was always in the kitchen on time, ready to work. Except this one time during my apprenticeship… when I turned up for work four days late. In hindsight, I was lucky to be alive,’ the Scotsman said.  

After being sacked at the age of 17, Jock was given a second chance when he packed his bags, headed to London and knocked on the door of the Hyde Park Hotel.

Struggles: The 44-year-old, who moved from the UK to Australia in 2000, began using smack at the age of 15, just as he was starting out at restaurants

Struggles: The 44-year-old, who moved from the UK to Australia in 2000, began using smack at the age of 15, just as he was starting out at restaurants

Second change: After being sacked from a restaurant at the age of 17, Jock got a second chance in London when Marco Pierre White (pictured) gave him a job at the Hyde Park Hotel

Second change: After being sacked from a restaurant at the age of 17, Jock got a second chance in London when Marco Pierre White (pictured) gave him a job at the Hyde Park Hotel

World-famous chef Marco Pierre White was running the place, and Jock said he was the ‘last person’ he expected to give him a job – but that’s exactly what happened.  

‘Marco was amazing because he understood what was going on with me as a young man,’ Jock said.

‘People were very quick to judge a drug addict. He didn’t. I was on my last chance, there’s no doubt about it, but he treated me exactly the same as everybody else.’

Jock is joined on the MasterChef panel by celebrity chef Andy Allen and respected food critic Melissa Leong.  

Stars: Jock is joined on the MasterChef panel by celebrity chef Andy Allen and respected food critic Melissa Leong. Pictured with Andy Allen (right) and Melissa Leong (centre)

Stars: Jock is joined on the MasterChef panel by celebrity chef Andy Allen and respected food critic Melissa Leong. Pictured with Andy Allen (right) and Melissa Leong (centre)



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