Orana Restaurant (Adelaide, Australia)

Jock Zonfrillo was born in Scotland in a family with mixed Italian and Scottish ancestry.

After perfecting his technique at great luxury rural hotels in Scotland he was inevitably drawn to the dynamic, competitive kitchens of London. There he worked with many great chefs – including Marco Pierre White at the restaurant that bears his name – and then with David Cavalier at the Michelin-starred Chapter One. He then went back to work with White again for a year at the 41 in Sidney, Australia.

Jock left Marco to join the staff at The Pharmacy, owned by artist Damien Hirst, on its opening. This restaurant truly captured London’s imagination and earned international renown for its avant-garde cuisine. Jock subsequently opened a restaurant in a small boutique hotel on the spectacular coast of Cornwall, the last place where he worked in the UK.

In 2000 he had the chance to return to Australia as chef de cuisine at the 41. He was captivated by Australia, where he found his spiritual home. After his time in Sídney, Jock did various jobs in consultancy before moving to Adelaide as executive chef at the Penfolds Magill Estate restaurant. He is still in Adelaide, where he is now the chef and owner of the Orana and Blackwood restaurants.

Jock is also a TV presenter (on the shows “Nomad Chef” and “Chef Exchange”).

But his professional interest is always underpinned by his great passion: The Orana Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation inspired by the original inhabitants of Australia, their close relationship with the land and their sophisticated knowledge of traditional gastronomic culture.