Stephanie Clifford-Smith

Pete Evans in his kitchen. Coconut water is among his staples. Click for more photos

Kitchen Spy: Pete Evans

Pete Evans in his kitchen. Coconut water is among his staples. Photo: Danielle Smith

  • Pete Evans in his kitchen. Coconut water is among his staples.
  • Evans says he is loving the new book by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, "Jerusalem", as well as "Under Pressure", the sous vide book by American chef Thomas Keller.
  • Evans' most memorable meal was at Thomas Keller's restaurant the French Laundry in California.
  • Extra-virgin coconut oil. Evans insists it is all he cooks with, saying that the proven health benefits are so great and its structure remains stable when heated.
  • Evans says the sous vide machine is a chef's tool that has become a domestic one. He prepares all his meat and fish with his machine, before finishing them off in a pan or on the barbecue.
  • Evans uses apple cider vinegar for health benefits as well as flavour.
  • Evans says this juicer juices fruit and vegetables more slowly than normal juices, and retains more nutrients.
  • Evans uses The Little General EVO to dress salads.
  • Pete Evans' fridge contains organic green olives for salads.
  • Evans has had this German knife for 15 years. He says the best way to choose a knife is to see if it feels right for your hand.
  • Pete Evans' eponymous pan took him two-and-a-half years to design.

Chef Pete Evans has cooked for royalty, built Hugos - his Sydney restaurant empire - with great pizza as its foundation, and written seven cookbooks. His blue-eyed good looks and approachability meant offers from TV producers here and in the US were inevitable. Evans is a regular judge on My Kitchen Rules and appears at food festivals around the country. He recently opened an organic store, BU Organics, in Sydney and will open a steakhouse, Little Hunter, in Melbourne in February. He has started studying nutrition by correspondence at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York.

 

Secret vice

My girlfriend makes beautiful carob muffins once a week when my kids come around, so that's when I eat them.

 

I'm drinking

I make all my own fruit and vegetable juices, and drink herbal teas and filtered water. Saturday night tipple? A cup of herbal tea.

 

Most memorable meal

It was at the French Laundry, Thomas Keller's restaurant in California, in 2002. It was about more than the food. The service, the location and the attention to detail - it was perfect, the complete package. It was before he had his other restaurant, Per Se, in New York, so he was in the kitchen.

 

The staples

My pantry

Extra-virgin coconut oil. It's all I cook with - the proven health benefits are so great and its structure remains stable when heated. I dress salads with Little General extra-virgin olive oil, cold-pressed sesame oil or macadamia oil. Apple cider vinegar for health benefits as well as fantastic flavour. Murray River salt flakes.  

My fridge

Coconut water - it's so refreshing. Green olives for salads. Fermented vegetables at every meal for their natural probiotics.

 

I'm cooking

For our last dinner at home, we had a salad of all-organic produce: kale, rocket, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, carrots, tomato, avocado, pickled fermented garlic and vegetables, green olives all dressed with lemon juice. I served it with seared salmon. Really simple.

 

Favourite

The Pete Evans Ultimate Pan. It took me two-and-a-half years to design and it's perfect for paellas, curries, stews. It's non-stick; no Teflon.

 

My toolkit

The juicer I use a couple of times a week. It juices the fruit and vegetables much more slowly than normal juicers, retains more nutrients and is much quicker to clean afterwards. The sous vide machine is fantastic. It's a chef's tool that has become a domestic one. I do all my meat and fish in it, cooked to 48 degrees then finished in a pan or on the barbecue. My German knife, which I've had for 15 years. The best way to pick a knife is to choose one that feels right for your hand.

 

Inspiration

Cookbooks, always. I'm loving the new book by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, Jerusalem, as well as Under Pressure, the sous vide book by American chef Thomas Keller. The paleo diet suits my body type, so I often read Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas.