He has faced a string of controversies over the past few years – from peddling anti-vaccine conspiracies to being fined $25,000 for spruiking a light machine which he claimed helped cure Covid.
But disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans didn’t appear to have a care in the world as he stepped out in Sydney on Monday. The 49-year-old looked happy and healthy as he made his way home from work. The former Channel Seven star cut a casual figure, wearing a pair of baggy khaki trousers, a grey hooded jumper and brown boots.
Pete appeared in high spirits as he walked through the streets, carrying a backpack and wearing a baseball cap from Evolve Health Lab in Byron Bay, which he used to own. It was a rare public sighting of the ex-My Kitchen Rules judge after he came out of hiding back in April.
At the time, Pete was seen attended the Byron Bay Bluesfest festival with wife Nicola Robinson. He revealed a brand new look at the festival, sporting silver grey hair and a bushy beard in a photo Nicola posted of the couple on Instagram.
Pete also appears to have buffed up in recent months, showing off his bulging muscles in black singlet top. He also sported a smoother complexion. The sighting came after Pete once again slammed Covid-19 vaccines earlier this year, moments after he weighed in on the death of cricket greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.
As an outpouring of tributes flowed on social media for the much-loved sporting icons, anti-vax trolls hijacked the devastating news to spread absurd conspiracies about Covid-19. Footage circulated online of Pete, filmed during a Zoom call, which appeared to show him paying tribute to Shane.
He conceded he couldn’t specifically comment on the reasons of his death, but then unleashed into a rant about Covid vaccines. ‘Shane Warne was an amazing cricket player for sure … [it’s] sad,’ Pete allegedly claimed in the video.
‘However, so many doctors I’ve interviewed have been screaming for the last year-and-a-half, saying the vaccines are going to cause death like we’ve never seen across the planet.
‘And they’re all predicting we’re not going to see the outcomes of this or the real side effects for the next three to five years. We’re witnessing it happening with athletes on field and there’s a reason behind that.’
The video sparked an angry backlash against Pete, who was accused of using Shane’s death as a platform to promote his anti-vaccine positions. ‘Struggling for relevance. Once more Pete Evans has failed to read the room,’ one man tweeted.
Another added: ‘Disgusting and opportunistic at a time that should be about the sadness of a great man’s passing. Have some respect for Shane Warne’s family and friends.’ Pete hit back at some of the criticism that implied he was directly claiming Warne died as a result of getting a Covid vaccine.
There is no credible evidence the Covid-19 vaccine increases the risk of a heart attack, according to Healthline. In May 2020, it was announced that Pete had parted ways with Channel Seven after 10 years as a judge on My Kitchen Rules alongside Manu Feildel and guest judge Colin Fassnidge.
It effectively marked his break from the mainstream after years of flirting with off-the-wall ideas during his tenure at the network. Free from the contractual constraints of mainstream network television, Pete began spouting his non-scientific beliefs about vaccines and the Covid-19 pandemic on social media.
His Instagram page was removed in February last year, with the company issuing a statement that read: ‘We don’t allow anyone to share misinformation about Covid-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm or about Covid-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts.’
He was also dropped by 15 sponsors and companies in the space of 48 hours in November 2020, after posting a neo-Nazi meme on social media. In May 2021, he was slapped with a $80,000 fine for trying to cash in again on Covid by flogging more fake treatments online.
It was the second time he ran foul of authorities after previously being fined $25,000 for trying to sell his so-called Bio Charger for $15,000 a time on Facebook. He insisted the light could cure COVID-19 and protect users from infection but had no evidence to support the wild claims.