Founder and Board Director
Culinary Creative Director
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 understanding of seasonality and connection to the land.
Jock began working in Scotland’s great country house hotels before moving to London, where he worked with many great chefs, including Marco Pierre White and David Cavalier.
Keen to experience new culinary cultures, Jock then 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, Jock again worked for Marco Pierre White, this time at Les Saveurs. He then then helped launch The Pharmacy by artist Damien Hirst, before 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 Jock immediately took it. He had discovered his spiritual home in Australia. His 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 and owner of Restaurant Orana and Restaurant Blackwood.