While fans across the nation continue to mourn the sudden passing of celebrity chef Jock Zonfrillo, his daughter has opened up about his passing, admitting that she “still can’t accept” that he is gone.
Zonfrillo passed away on Sunday, April 30 at the age of 46, triggering an outpouring of grief from colleagues and fans alike.
Shortly after bidding her father farewell in a moving and intimate funeral on Saturday, May 13, Ava Zonfrillo took to Instagram to share a moving tribute to her late father.
“Still can’t accept that we’ll be remembering you for more time than we had you, but it doesn’t mean we’ll love you any less,” she wrote.
“I love you dad, always.”
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Close friends and family were quick to offer their messages of support to Ava during her difficult time.
“Sending you so much love and strength,” one person wrote.
“We are all here for you! Love you both.”
“Have been thinking about you and your family a lot. Sending lots of love xxxx.”
“Sending you my love Ava. He was so proud of you,” another commented.
“Thinking of you always, giving you the biggest hug.”
Ava’s tribute comes shortly after friends and family gathered to bid farewell to the beloved MasterChef judge during an intimate funeral.
Zonfrillo’s wife Lauren Fried, and their four children joined celebrity chefs George Calombaris, Shannon Bennett, and Colin Fassnidge in mourning the beloved Masterchef judge.
Also in attendance were Zonfrillo’s MasterChef co-judges, Andy Allen and Melissa Leong as well as tennis icon Dylan Alcott.
During her eulogy, emotions ran high as Lauren bid farewell to her beloved husband.
“I know days like this are meant to be a celebration of someone’s life, so I will try really hard to do that through my immense sadness,” she told fellow mourners, as per The Daily Mail.
“We are two halves that found each other at the exact moment in life when we were ready.
“We were ready for that big love to live a life of adventure, to become parents together, to imagine extraordinary things and to actually make them happen.”
Australian singing icon Jimmy Barnes performed Amazing Grace as the ceremony drew to a close.
Zonfrillos’ casket was adorned with a number of white roses and orchids and elegantly cloaked in a Royal Banner of Scotland as a tribute to his ancestry.