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Network 10 has confirmed series 15 of MasterChef Australia will air on Sunday this week.

The network postponed the 1 May premiere after news broke Jock Zonfrillo had sadly passed away on Monday.

MasterChef Australia posted a statement on social media yesterday that reads: “with the full support of Jock Zonfrillo’s family, MasterChef Australia will air at 7.30pm on Sunday 7 May.

MasterChef Australia Judge Jock Zonfrillo took great pride in challenging and coaching the contestants, and of course, inspiring a nation of home cooks.

“It is with Jock in our hearts that we cherish this season and remember the charismatic and big-hearted judge and chef who we knew and loved. Jock will be remembered in the MasterChef Australia kitchen for years to come.”

The network will pay tribute to Zonfrillo in an episode of The Sunday Project before the premiere of season 15, and will feature “contributions from friends he held closely” and celebrate his achievements.

Tributes have continued to flow in from the global culinary community after Zonfrillo’s passing, with Jamie Oliver writing: “Jock was very generous to me with his time and spirit in the show and for that I was really grateful … Jock will be so very missed … I can’t believe I’m writing this.”

MasterChef Australia co-hosts Melissa Leong and Andy Allen also posted personal notes on social media.

“Four years ago, the three of us stood on a precipice and leapt together,” Leong wrote. “I could never have guessed how much of an impact your arrival in my life would have, or that we would be saying goodbye to you so soon.

“You were always supposed to be the bulletproof one who outlived us all … My heart goes out to your family, who were and are your life. A wee dram for you today, and always.”

Zonfrillo is remembered for his immense contributions to Australia’s culinary landscape and his work with The Orana Foundation.