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MasterChef star Jock Zonfrillo sells his ‘soul restoring retreat’ of a home for $1.2million

Masterchef judge Jock Zonfrillo and his wife Lauren have sold their ‘soul restoring retreat’ for $1.2million. 

The Zonfrillos’ four-bedroom home is named ‘Caledonia’ and located on 4.25hectares of land in Summertown in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. 

The sprawling property features a ‘dream kitchen’, wine cellar, three-car garage and views of the expansive, green property as well as the neighbouring farm.

Zonfrillo and his wife moved into the house in April 2016 but listed it for sale in January and finally sold it on July 23.    

The house’s kitchen, where Zonfrillo has cooked for the last three years, has blue soft close drawers, white marble bench tops and solid brass handles.  

There is also a large verandah and terrace with views of the property to entertain guests and an underground wine cellar.

Some high-tech features include Amazon Alexa voice-activated lighting, a satellite NBN connection, and a 3kw solar system with 12 panels.    

‘When your home is your haven, escape to ‘Caledonia’. A soul restoring retreat from the everyday,’ the property description reads. 

‘Celebrating good times, good food, family & friends with a focus on luxurious yet un-complicated entertaining & living.’

Caledonia was the name the Romans gave to modern-day Scotland, which is likely a reference to his Italian and Scottish heritage.   

Zonfrillo owns Restaurant Orana in Adelaide and is the founder of the not-for-profit Orana Foundation, which aims preserve Indigenous cooking and ingredients. 

The sale comes as the chef is facing scrutiny over his Indigenous food-focused charitable foundation’s use of a $1.25million taxpayer-funded grant.

The South Australian government grant was handed to Zonfrillo’s Orana Foundation three years ago in exchange for completing projects, including a database of Indigenous ingredients which is yet to be delivered. 

Meanwhile, questions have emerged about why two companies the celebrity chef is a director of pocketed almost $500,000 from the foundation in recent years. 

In a statement, the foundation said the database is ‘complete’ and has been handed to an Indigenous intellectual property expert, Dr Terri Janke, for the ‘next stage’ of the project.

The foundation claims it has until September 30 of this year – or about six more weeks – to deliver the database.

‘The Orana Foundation stands by the timing of the Indigenous Food Database delivery and the use of all funds to date,’ the foundation said in a statement, dated July 7. 

‘There is a reason an Indigenous database of its kind hasn’t existed in Australia until now: it’s time consuming, labour intensive, requires extensive funding, and must have a committed team of resilient and passionate people to make it happen.’  

Long-time manager Greta Wohlstadt has quit the restaurant and there are now rumours it will never reopen after being forced to shut down due to COVID-19.

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