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Pete Evans

Updated January 16, 2015, 11:50 am

"I think some teams tend to lose focus when faced with the pressure of the competition. They think they must impress at all costs.

"But I want to see dishes they have grown up with. Recipes that have been passed down through the family or shared by friends," says Pete. "Sometimes these are simple dishes, but when the cooking comes from the heart, they are by far the best."

Pete is a man of many talents. In addition to co-hosting My Kitchen Rules since 2009, he is a respected chef, health coach, entrepreneur, author and father.

Born in Melbourne and raised on the Gold Coast, Pete's passion for cooking was discovered early on.

"My cooking life really kicked off when I ditched going to university and became an apprentice chef so I could surf all day and then cooked all night. Not that that really ever eventuated..."

Pete has opened and consulted on eight award-winning restaurants over the last 25 years as a chef and loves catering large events where the pressure is definitely on.

The keen fisherman and seafood devotee has a raft of cooking shows under his belt both locally and internationally. He even cooked for royalty, having prepared dinner for Princess Mary and members of the Danish Royalty. He has also cooked for Elton John, Martha Stewart and U2.

An accomplished author, Pete released his 10th cookbook recently titled "Family Food" which has spent quite some time at the Number 1 position on the food and lifestyle charts.

He is a regular contributor to magazine titles Gourmet Traveller, Wellbeing as well as writing for Good Food and The West Australian Newspapers.

In recent years, Pete's love of fresh, healthy and organic food along with his passion for nutrition and wellbeing have influenced his recipes and cooking style. Now a health coach with qualifications gained from New York's internationally recognised, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, there's no stopping Pete revolutionising the way we eat.

Pete's latest project, The Paleo Way, is a healthy eating and wellness program. It consists of an online health program, a soon-to-be released television program and a series of national speaking tours.

Pete is also an ambassador for the Australian Organic Schools Garden project as well as a mentor at Regenisis Youth.

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