Channel Ten announce the new MasterChef Australia premiere date

The show's new season was postponed after Judge Jock Zonfrillo's sudden death.
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Australia’s fan-favourite cooking show, MasterChef Australia, was due to return to our screens on Monday, May 1.

However, the series was then postponed following the tragic death of beloved judge Jock Zonfrillo. 

But Channel Ten have just announced when we can expect the new season of MasterChef to air. 

“With the full support of Jock Zonfrillo’s family, MasterChef Australia will air at 7.30pm on Sunday, 7 May,” Channel Ten’s statement read. 

MasterChef Australia Judge Jock Zonfrillo took great pride in challenging and coaching the contestants and of course inspiring a nation of home cooks. It is with Jock in our hearts that we cherish this season and remember the charismatic and big-hearted Judge and Chef who we knew and loved.

“Jock will be remembered in the MasterChef Australia kitchen for years to come.
A special edition of The Sunday Project will pay tribute to Jock from 6.30pm on Sunday, 7 May,” it continued. 

“With contributions from friends, he held closely, the show will honour Jock by reflecting on his personal and professional life in a celebration of his incredible achievements.”

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The shocking news of Jock’s death was announced on the day of the series’ original premiere date, with Jock’s family sharing a statement via his Instagram page.

“With completely shattered hearts and without knowing how we can possibly move through life without him, we are devastated to share that Jock passed away yesterday.

“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. 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.

“We implore you to please let us grieve privately as we find a way to navigate through this and find space on the other side to celebrate our irreplaceable husband, father, brother, son and friend.”

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The news was also shared via a statement from Network 10 and Endemol Shine. 

“Jock was known to Australians as a chef, best-selling author, philanthropist and MasterChef judge but he will be best remembered as a loving father, husband, brother and son,” a statement from the program said.

“In 2019, Jock was named as a judge on MasterChef Australia in which he took great pride in challenging and coaching the contestants and of course inspiring a nation of home cooks,” their statement continued. “Jock’s charisma, wicked sense of humour, generosity, passion and love for food and his family cannot be measured. He will be greatly missed.”

Their statement ended with confirmation that “MasterChef Australia will not air this week.”

Rest In Peace, Jock.

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