Motivational, Business, Lifestyle | Food & Wine
Born in Melbourne and raised on the Gold Coast, Pete’s passion for cooking was discovered because of his love for the great outdoors, any job that would see him working at night and surfing or fishing all the day was fine with him!
A surfer, fisherman, TV personality, author and chef, Pete and brother Dave opened their first restaurant, “The Pantry”, in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Brighton in 1993 when Pete was 19.
“Hugos Manly”, which they opened in 2008, is the latest in a chain of venues for the Hugos Group along with “Hugos Bar Pizza” and “Hugos Lounge Kings Cross” which between them share eight Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide chef’s hats, 21 “best in Australia” titles and a “World’s Best Pizza” award at the 2005 New York Pizza Show.
Pete also co-ordinates Hugos Catering & Hugos Team Building events; which includes pizza and cocktail making classes. 60 Members of the “Oprah Winfrey Ultimate Down Under Adventure” audience came to Hugos in late 2010 to learn the art of making the perfect pizza from Pete.
Along with his restaurants Pete has been in front of the camera for the last 11 years as a TV presenter.
February 2010 saw the premiere of “My Kitchen Rules” featuring Pete as co Judge with Manu Feildel. The show is now in its second successful season on the Seven Network and has come back in 2011 with a bigger and stronger format.
It’s state versus state, plate against plate, as six teams of two from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Tasmania and Brisbane attempt to out-dine and out-wine each other to see whose kitchen rules.
Pete’s other work includes over 400 episodes as the host of Australia’s number 1 cooking show “FRESH” on Channel 9, 60 episodes of “Home” a lifestyle program, a one hour behind the scenes documentary, “Cooking For Our Princess Mary” and the series “FISH” which saw Pete & his fishing mad brother in-law “Udo” travel around Australia sourcing & cooking the freshest catch.
Pete is currently filming a new project that has him cooking for the worlds best parties.
Pete appears annually at some of Australia’s most acclaimed food events such as “Tasting Australia”, “The Good Food Show” and “The Great Barrier Feast.” He traveled to New York and Los Angeles for the “G’day USA” promotion in 2009 and 2010 where he cooked at “The Waldorf Astoria” and whilst he was there featured on “The Martha Stewart Show”, “The Rachael Ray Show” as well as the “CBS Early Show”.
Pete’s first book “Fish” is a collection of over 130 fish and seafood recipes from Australian and New Zealand species was published by Murdoch Books in August 2007 and is currently in its 4th reprint. His second book is titled “My Table – food for entertaining” and was released in November 2008.
“My Grill” 2009 demonstrates the art of barbequing and has been sold into Germany in 2010 and will debut in the United States early 2011 with William Sonoma stores nationally.
His latest release “My Party” showcases cocktails, food & drinks and was released in October 2010.
Pete also writes a monthly column for the “Australian Women’s Weekly” along with being a contributor for “Selector” magazine.
Pete is an ambassador for Jacobs Creek Wines and Range Rover.
Pete has recently knocked up a cheffy range of food condiments and sauces which has been released in David Jones nationally. The “Pete Evans Breville Pizza Maker” is also now available complete with recipe book sharing the secrets of the Hugos award winning pizzas to be cooked by all at home. This will be followed up with a range of “Pete’s Tools” a selection of kitchen essentials due for release 2011.
He is also an ambassador for Gold Week for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Ambassador for the Pink Ribbon Breakfast with The National Breast Cancer Foundation. Pete also donates his time to a variety of charities some of which include the Starlight Foundation and the Victor Change Cardiac Institute.