Pete Evans

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Pete Evans
Born Peter Daryl Evans
1973 (age 42–43)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Residence North Bondi[1]
Nationality Australian
Occupation Chef
Years active 1993 – present
Television My Kitchen Rules
Spouse(s) Nicola Robinson[2]
Children 2
Website www.peteevanschef.com

Peter Daryl "Pete" Evans (born 1973 in Melbourne) is an Australian chef, author and television personality.

Career[edit]

Restaurateur/chef[edit]

In 1996, the group [clarification needed] expanded to Sydney to launch the Hugos Restaurant Group. Evans moved to Sydney with his brother and David Corsi and they opened Hugos Bondi in 1996, followed by Hugos Lounge in 2000 and Hugos Bar Pizza in 2004 (both in Sydney's Kings Cross) and Hugos Manly in 2008. As the group's executive chef, Evans worked across all of the restaurants, and the catering business.[3] The group closed Hugos Bondi in 2006 to pursue the pizza bar, rather than casual fine dining format for which Hugos Bondi was known.[3] Over 1998–2011, the restaurants in the Hugos Group were awarded eight Sydney Morning Herald 'Chef's Hats', 21 'Best in Australia' awards, and three 'Best pizza in Australia' awards at the Australian Fine Food Show. In 2005, Hugos won 'Best pizza in the world' at the American Pizza Challenge in New York City.[4]

While visiting Australia for her Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure (2011), Oprah Winfrey sent 60 of her 'ultimate viewers' for a pizza-making and cocktail class with Evans at Hugos Bar Pizza.[5] Evans has cooked at several events in the US as part of the annual G'Day USA: Australia Week promotion. In January 2010, he cooked with Australian chef Curtis Stone and American chef Wolfgang Puck for 850 guests at the G'Day USA black tie gala in Los Angeles.[6] In January 2012, Evans cooked for the G'Day USA black tie gala dinner in New York City. The event catered to over 650 guests.[7] In 2013 Pete Evans was involved in a venture with several business partners that were reported to owe $769,000 to a multitude of different creditors, including Evans himself, after the liquidation of their restaurant called 'Little Hunter’. Evans himself submitted a claim for $50,000 as a creditor to the business.[8] In 2014 Evans overhauled the menu at the CBD apartment hotel Fraser Suites in Perth, Australia.[9]

Television host[edit]

Evans has appeared in, and hosted, a range of television cooking programs. His first television job was for the LifeStyle Channel's Home series (2001–2005) which he co-presented with Brendan Moar and Shannon Fricke. Evans filmed over 60 episodes of the show, which focused on styling, home, gardens, cooking and casual entertaining. In 2006 Evans, Moar and Fricke appeared in a travel-based spin-off series "Postcards from Home" (2006), which saw the trio travelling to countries outside Australia. For this series, Evans interviewed chefs including Ferran Adrià of Spain's El Bulli restaurant.[10] The LifeStyle Channel also produced the six-part travel and cooking TV series Fish (2006) with Evans and close friend Udo Edlinger, as well as a one-hour documentary Cooking for Our Princess Mary (2006) which followed Evans in the kitchen as he prepared a four-course banquet for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.[10] From 2007–2009, Evans joined long-running television series Fresh with the Australian Women's Weekly with fellow presenter Lyndey Milan. The series was cancelled in 2009. He also appeared on MasterChef Australia.[11]

Since 2010, Evans has been a judge on My Kitchen Rules (MKR).[12] with co-host Manu Feildel. The fourth series of MKR was shown in 2013.[13] In 2014 the series won the Logie Award for the Most Popular Reality Program. Evans has remained a judge on MKR throughout its run, which in 2015 was the highest rated reality television competition in Australia with about two million weekly viewers.[14][15][16] Evans also hosted the show A Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking, airing on PBS in the United States, which was nominated in 2014 for a Daytime Emmy Award. The show first aired in 2013, in which “Evans takes viewers on a faced-paced trip, serving pop-up feasts in a multitude of settings across America”.[17]

Author[edit]

Evans has written the following books, all published by Murdoch Books:

Evans had a monthly recipe column in The Australian Women's Weekly (2009–12) and has been a contributor to Selector magazine.[18] In October 2012, Evans began a monthly recipe column for Home Beautiful.[19] Evans has stated that the philosophy behind his books is that modern society is living by outdated nutritional precepts. Evans is also a motivational speaker, performing national tours in Australia. He first learned of the paleo-diet after reading the works of Nora Gedgaudas.[20][21][22]

Brand relationships and products[edit]

Evans has developed a pizza oven with Breville, a line of cookware and kitchen tools with Baccarat and a range of kitchen sinks with Clark sinks. He is an Australian ambassador for Jacob's Creek Reserve Wines[23] and for SumoSalads, who he has teamed up with to provide lunchtime options.[24]

Controversy[edit]

Evans' championing of the paleo diet has attracted criticism from nutritionists.[25][26][27] In 2015 Evans co-authored a cookbook titled Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way for New Mums, Babies and Toddlers which raised controversy after being called “potentially deadly for babies” by health experts.[28] Despite the controversy, My Kitchen Rules broadcaster the Seven Network claimed that public reaction to the event was not a concern for them, and that they supported Evans’ paleo-diet advocacy. Following the outcry, the authors made changes to the book.[29] In 2016 Evans gave advice to an osteoporosis sufferer on Facebook to stop eating dairy products, claiming that the "calcium from dairy can remove the calcium from your bones” and insisting that “most doctors do not know this information”. His remarks were widely condemned by medical professionals.[30] Evans is also opposed to fluoridation of drinking water,[31] and has stated that he believes sunscreen to be poisonous.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tohme, Sasha (6 December 2009). "Pete Evans' beachside bolthole". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "MKR judge Pete Evans marries Nicola Robinson in 'magical farmyard' wedding". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ a b Conroy, Shane (March 2010). "No Reservations". Virgin Blue Voyeur. 
  4. ^ "Hugos Awards". Hugos.com.au. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "New South Wales Itinerary". Oprah.com. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Diaz to enjoy a dose of Australiana". Ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "AAA/G'Day USA Black TIe Gala Dinner". Australia-week.com. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Peter Evans' dish of the day is debt". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pete's Paleo Diet Rules". Au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  10. ^ a b "About the show". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "My Kitchen Rules Judge Pete Evans Ready for More Competitive Heat". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  12. ^ "Pete Evans". au.tv.yahoo.com. 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  13. ^ AAP. "Seven announces fourth MKR series". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Knox, David (27 April 2014). "Logie Awards 2014: Winners". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Chandra, Jessica. "My Kitchen Rules' Pete Evans Says, "I Judge the Food, Not the Contestants"". Popsugar.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  16. ^ "My Kitchen Rules Co-host Pete Evans Reveals the Reality Juggernauts Recipe for Success". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  17. ^ "Pete Evans' A Moveable Feast nominated for Daytime Emmy". Smh.co.au. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  18. ^ "Cooking in the Rockies with Pete Evans". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Pete Evans - 'The Italian job'". Home Beautiful. No. October. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Pete Evans on why he thinks we're living by outdated nutritional rules". Bodyandsoul.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  21. ^ "The Six Foods Pete Evans Never Stocks at Home". The Australian. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  22. ^ "Celebrity Chef Pete Evans Explains Why He Went Paleo and Shares His Paleo Burger Recipe". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  23. ^ "Partners". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Pete Evans: Say NO to fried food and lardy lunches". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "Sceptical Nutritionist". Scepticalnutritionist.com.au. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "My Kitchen Rules chef Pete Evans raises heat over Paleo diet". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "Women's weekly-Expert dismisses Pete Evans' claims that modern diet causes autism". Aww.com.au. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  28. ^ Helen Regan (2015-03-11). "Celebrity Chef's Paleo Cookbook for Babies Delayed After Health Fears". Time.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  29. ^ "Pete Evans' My Kitchen Rules job 'on thin ice' after paleo controversies". News.com.au. 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  30. ^ "'Paleo Pete' Evans tells osteoporosis sufferer to ditch dairy because it 'removes calcium' from bones". News.com.au. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  31. ^ "Pete Evans on his new book Healthy Every Day". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  32. ^ "Paleo and My Kitchen Rules chef Pete Evans says sunscreen contains 'poisonous chemicals'". smh.co.nz. Retrieved 12 September 2016.