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MasterChef Australia: Jock Zonfrillo explains his worry beads – NEWS.com.au
MasterChef Australia: Jock Zonfrillo explains his worry beads
MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo said he received a billion messages from fans during Sunday nights episode and they were asking the same question: What were those beads he was carrying?Social media lit up on Sunday night when Zonfrillo was shown holding the beads while talking to fellow judges Andy Allen and Melissa Leong.
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In response to the questions, Zonfrillo released a video on Instagram explaining what the beads are and where he got them from.
“These are worry beads,” he said, holding up the item. “I’ve got lots of different types of worry beads and when I’m feeling anxious or a little bit stressed, basically I worry. So I flick through them … and the more anxious … I get, the faster I do it.”
Zonfrillo said he has had the worry beads in his pocket during every single MasterChef episode this year.
“Last night you saw them for the first time, weirdly,” he said.
The beads he was holding in Sunday night’s episode used to belong to restaurant critic Adrian Gill who died in 2016. They were given to Zonfrillo by Gill’s wife, Nicola.
“They’re very special to me,” the MasterChef star added.
MasterChef continues tonight at 7.30pm on Channel 10
MythBusters host Grant Imahara dies at 49 – Yahoo Lifestyle Australia
The electrical engineer and roboticist died suddenly on Monday.
MythBusters and White Rabbit Project star Grant Imahara has died at the age of 49.
The electrical engineer and roboticist died suddenly on Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Grant Imahara has died at the age of 49. Photo: Getty
Grant first joined the Discovery Channels MythBusters series in its third season and remained there until 2014.
We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, a representative for Discovery said in a statement.
He used his technical expertise to help bust or prove myths on the show, operating computers and electronics needed to test theories.
Grant then helped launch Netflix’s White Rabbit Project in 2016 alongside fellow MythBusters alumni Kari Byron and Tory Belleci.
The cause of Grants death has not yet been disclosed.
Grant starred on MythBusters until 2014 Photo: ABC
The tragic news comes after another former member of the MythBusters cast died in August last year.
Racecar driver Jessi Combs, who also featured on the show as a builder and host, was killed in a crash attempting to break a land speed record at the age of just 36.
At the time MythBusters cast members shared tributes to their late colleague, calling her a badass and brilliant.
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Grant Imahara Dead: ‘MythBusters’ Host Was 49 – Hollywood Reporter
An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he worked for a long time at Lucasfilm’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic divisions.
Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer and roboticist who hosted the popular science show MythBusters and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, has died. He was 49.
Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” a representative for Discovery said in a statement on Monday.
An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he joined Discovery’s MythBusters in its third season, replacing Scottie Chapman and was with the show until 2014 when he left with with co-hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. The trio would reunite in 2016 for Netflix’s White Rabbit Project which lasted for one season. On MythBusters, Imahara used his technical expertise to design and build robots for the show and also operated the computers and electronics needed to test myths.
While part of the Mythbusters team, he sky-dived and drove stunt cars, on film sets he came into contact with some of the most iconic characters in screen history, installing lights onto Star Wars’ R2-D2, creating the robot Geoff Peterson for The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and working on the Energizer Bunny.
On Monday evening, Imahara’s MythBusters and White Rabbit Project co-host Byron tweeted, “Sometimes I wish I had a time machine,” and included a picture with Imahara and Belleci.
Later on Monday, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage also tweeted: “I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.”
Born in Los Angeles, Imahara studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California (though he briefly had doubts and wanted to become a screenwriter) before combining the two passions and landing a post-graduation gig at Lucasfilm-associated THX labs. In his nine years at Lucasfilm, he worked for the company’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) divisions. In his years at ILM he became chief model maker specializing in animatronics and worked on George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, as well as The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Galaxy Quest, XXX: State of the Union, Van Helsing, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
In 2000, Imahara also competed in Comedy Central’s BattleBots with a robot he built himself called “Deadblow” that won two Middleweight Rumbles, was the first season’s Middleweight runner-up and became the third season’s first-ranked robot.
As computer graphics began to supplant model-making in the aughts, former ILM colleague Tony Belleci suggested Imahara come aboard Mythbusters, the Discovery show Belleci co-hosted. As a co-host, he became a self-described “human guinea pig,” though if they determined a situation unfit for humans, they created machines to test them in their place.
Imahara also starred in several episodes of the fan-made web series Star Trek Continues. He played Hikaru Sulu, a lieutenant, helmsman and third officer on the USS Enterprise, in the show that was an unofficial continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series.
In a 2008 interview with Machine Design, Imahara told the publication that he wanted to be an engineer because “I liked the challenge of designing and building things, figuring out how something works and how to make it better or apply it in a different way. When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.”
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.
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