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Last Shot

A coming-of-age memoir of addiction, ambition and redemption

Foreword by Jimmy Barnes

About The Book

A coming-of-age memoir of addiction, ambition and redemption in the high-stakes world of Michelin star kitchens.

From reckless drug addict to one of Australia’s top chefs and television stars: MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo's powerful life story will shock and inspire.

Jock’s life spiralled out of control when he tried heroin for the first time as a teenager while growing up in 1980s Glasgow. For years he balanced a career as a rising star amongst legendary chefs with a crippling drug addiction that took him down many dark paths.

Fired from his job at a Michelin star restaurant in Chester, England, after a foul-mouthed rant, Jock made his way to London looking for work and found himself in front of the legendary Marco Pierre White. He credits White for saving his life, but Jock continued to struggle with addiction in a world of excess, celebrity, and cut-throat ambition.

On New Year’s Eve 1999, Jock shot up his last shot of heroin before boarding a plane to Sydney, where he would find passion and new meaning in life in the most unexpected places. There would be more struggles ahead, including two failed marriages, the closure of his prized restaurant during COVID-19, his time on-country, and some very public battles.

This is the unforgettable story of an incredible life cut short too soon.
Praise for Last Shot

'I’ve known Jock for 25 years. He is not only a great mate but an incredibly talented chef - in Australia and around the world. Last Shot really shows how resilient Jock is and how far he has come in his personal and professional life. I’m inspired by how brave Jock has been for putting this biography out there. I couldn’t put it down. Loved it!’ Matt Moran

‘Zonfrillo climbed his way to the top of the gastronomic ladder only to abdicate his position. He still inspires chefs worldwide.’ Marco Pierre White

‘An amazingly candid story of a prolific but complicated chef who made it back from the brink despite the obstacles, surely one of the best comeback stories there is!’ Gordon Ramsay

‘Jock absolutely lives and breathes his passion for food, which began in childhood. And between the incredible ups and downs of his life that we read about in Last Shot, what really comes through for me is his search for knowledge of Indigenous foods – I so admire how the depth of his learning combined with his amazing skill and creativity has allowed him to celebrate the uniqueness of the cultures he has embraced.’ Maggie Beer AO

About The Author

Photograph by Tina Smigielski

Born in Glasgow to an Italian father and Scottish mother, Jock Zonfrillo’s formative years were heavily influenced by his respective cultures.
Attracted to the dynamic and competitive kitchens of London, he worked alongside top chefs like Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and David Cavalier.
Jock was on a year-long sabbatical in Sydney when a conversation with an Aboriginal man became the turning point in Jock’s journey to discover the taste and origins of Australia’s Indigenous cuisine.
Jock eventually moved to Adelaide and opened Restaurant Orana in 2013. Orana was a fine-dining experience designed to acknowledge Indigenous culture through food.
Jock hosted Nomad Chef on The Discovery Channel, a show which led an exploration into the Indigenous cultures and cuisine of some of the most remote communities on earth. He appeared in the MasterChef Australia kitchen as a guest chef across three seasons and in late 2019 Jock was announced as one of the new MasterChef Australia judges alongside Andy Allen and Melissa Leong.
The father of four is happily married to businesswoman Lauren Zonfrillo. The couple live together in Melbourne with their two young children, Alfie and Isla.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (July 28, 2021)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761101922

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Raves and Reviews

"Last Shot is Trainspotting meets Kitchen Confidential. Jock’s ability to not sugarcoat the truth and his brutal honesty about his struggle with his inner demons will resonate with so many people. That coupled with his absolute passion for food, his commitment to highlighting the culture and food of Australia’s First Nations People and his pure love for his family makes this a truly stunning book. I loved it.”

– Actress, Rebecca Gibney

“Oh my goodness what a book. I’ve just finished it, devoured it in under four hours. I laughed and cried and marvelled at him.”

– News Corp's National Entertainment Writer, Lisa Woolford

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