Celebrity chef guest at home show

Otago Daily Times - - Front Page - MAR­GOT TAY­LOR

ONE of Aus­tralasian tele­vi­sion’s most widely recog­nised faces is set to en­ter­tain au­di­ences at the Great Kiwi Home & Liv­ing Show in Dunedin later this year.

The celebrity chef and My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans will share his lat­est food ideas and tips in two cooking demon­stra­tions at the Novem­ber 4­6 show at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium.

Evans, who is mar­ried to for­mer glam­our model Ni­cola Robin­son, said he was ex­cited to be part of the show.

‘‘It is my first time vis­it­ing and I am su­per ex­cited to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new and meet new peo­ple and hear their own sto­ries.’’

Evans shot to fame in the mid­2000s af­ter a pizza from his Aus­tralian chain Hugo’s won the ‘‘best pizza in the world’’ prize at the Amer­i­can Pizza Chal­lenge in New York.

In 2011, Oprah Win­frey sent 60 of her view­ers from the United States to a pizza­ and cock­tail­mak­ing class with him.

He has pub­lished seven books about healthy eat­ing and healthy life­styles.

His life­style, which in­cludes the use of al­ter­na­tive medicines and ther­a­pies, had at­tracted as much at­ten­tion as his skill in the kitchen.

He has gained fans and crit­ics for his pro­mo­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial pa­leo diet which lim­its di­etary in­take to food which could be hunted or gath­ered when cave­men lived.

All pro­cessed and pack­aged foods are ex­cluded from the diet.

The diet was the most nat­u­ral way to live, Evans said.

‘‘It is some­thing that ev­ery an­i­mal, in­clud­ing hu­mans, in­stinc­tively knows, that eat­ing food it has evolved to eat is the most nat­u­ral way to live.

‘‘ It re­ally is that sim­ple.’’ Show or­gan­is­ers Al­lied Press and Dunedin Venues were thrilled Evans would be at­tend­ing.

Al­lied Press com­mer­cial man­ager Matthew Holdridge said show­go­ers were likely to learn help­ful kitchen tips from the fa­mous chef.

‘‘Pete is a house­hold name in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, and we’re look­ing for­ward to welcoming him to Dunedin for the Great Kiwi Home & Liv­ing Show.

‘‘I’ve no doubt he’ll share his pas­sion for healthy eat­ing and liv­ing with our au­di­ence.’’

mar­got.tay­lor@odt.co.nz

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Fa­mous face . . . Celebrity chef Pete Evans.

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