Jock Zonfrillo was honoured posthumously at the 2024 AACTA Awards on Saturday night, almost 10 months after his passing.
His wife, Lauren, accepted the award for Best Reality Series and acknowledged the profound influence her husband had on MasterChef and its contestants.
But it was her personal thank you to co-host and friend Andy Allen, who also accepted the award on Jock's behalf, that left a profound mark on the evening.
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Andy began by honouring his friend, calling him "the heart and soul of the MasterChef kitchen".
"Mate, I miss you so much, we all miss you so much, the kitchen's not the same without you," he said.
Afterwards, Lauren stepped forward to remember the life of her late husband, who had dedicated his life to his craft.
"Jock always appreciated the privilege of being part of MasterChef and I'm very much feeling overwhelmed being part of that privilege tonight. He was an 11-year-old boy when he started on the pans and in the years that followed he learned to be a chef and a man in some of the toughest kitchens in the world," she said.