Born in Scotland and raised by an Italian and Scottish family, Jock Zonfrillo’s formative years were heavily influenced by his respective cultures and their genuine understanding of seasonality and their deep connection to the land.
It was a natural progression from this upbringing to a culinary career, which began with Jock working in Scotland’s great country house hotels. Inevitably attracted to the dynamic and competitive kitchens of London, Jock worked with many great chefs, including Marco Pierre White at his eponymous Restaurant Marco Pierre White (Knightsbridge). The London energy was indeed exciting, but the need to reconnect with ingredients directly at their source prevailed. Jock moved to Kent, the “garden of England”, and worked with David Cavalier at Michelin starred Chapter One.
In a bid to further expand his knowledge base and curious to experience new culinary cultures, Jock spent a year in Australia at Sydney’s Restaurant 41. It was here that his serendipitous meeting with an Aboriginal man began to form an idea that would eventuate in The Orana Foundation.
Returning to the UK as planned, Jock again worked for Marco Pierre White, this time at Les Saveurs, before joining the opening team at The Pharmacy by artist Damien Hirst, then opening a restaurant in a small boutique hotel on the Cornish coast.
In 2000 the opportunity to return to Australia as head chef of Restaurant 41 presented itself and Zonfrillo immediately took it; he had discovered his spiritual home in Australia and was captivated. Jock’s time in Sydney was followed by consultancy work before he moved to Adelaide as Executive Chef at Penfolds’ Magill Estate Restaurant. He remains in Adelaide and is now chef/owner of Restaurant Orana and Restaurant Blackwood.
Over the past two years, Jock has hosted three TV shows: Nomad Chef, Chef Exchange and Restaurant Revolution and featured on Channel 10’s Masterchef.
Underlying these commercial interests lies Jock’s greatest passion, The Orana Foundation. Ultimately, this is Jock’s raison d’être – to preserve and evolve Australian food culture, advocate progressive policies for Australian ingredients, assist indigenous enterprise, and create and innovate through research and development.
Lauren is the Founder and Managing Director of Pulse Collective, an award-winning Australian marketing and communications agency. Once named as one of Australia’s 50 influential women entrepreneurs, Lauren is also a regular panellist on ABC’s Gruen TV show. She started her first business more than 13 years ago, and has grown a successful, award-winning and competitive presence in the marketing and advertising industry, picking up a number of accolades including the prestigious NSW Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award. Lauren in early 2016 also co-founded the Advisory Board Institute which exists to find and place business experts with ‘been there done that’ real world experience with the issues businesses faces.
In addition to The Orana Foundation, Lauren also sits on the Board of Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs; the Advisory Board of iflyflat, Australia’s leading air travel planning and points advisory company and Inspiring Rare Birds, a global organisation and network inspiring women entrepreneurs.
Norman is passionate about working with extraordinary people to realize their vision of creating and developing enterprises which bring about sustainable positive economic, social and cultural change.
He has over 30 years experience as a Finance Director and CEO, spanning commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors in culture and tourism, humanitarian development and aid, finance and tax, philanthropy, telecommunications and the extractive industry.
Norman has held positions as Head of the CEO and Chairman’s Private Office of BP PlC, Director of Finance and Planning for BP Exploration in the US, Group Finance Director for Cable & Wireless (UK), Chief Financial Office and Deputy CEO of Optus Communications, CEO of the Sydney Opera House, Deputy Chair of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and most recently as CEO of UNICEF Australia.
He has led organisations, large and small, through periods of transformational change and growth, bringing his commercial experience, strategic vision and business acumen to not-for-profit enterprises. Norman also sits on a number of cultural sector advisory boards and foundations.