In America, there's nothing unusual about celebrity chefs. Starting with the incomparable Julia Child, we've seen the rise of giants like Emeril, Mario Batali, and Gordon Ramsay, as well as trend setters and taste makers like Thomas Keller, David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne. We're also familiar with activist chefs like Jamie Oliver who used his platform and reach to challenge the American school system to wake up to real food.
By and large, these chefs are embraced by the media and applauded for their efforts, and on the surface, Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans' story seemed like it would follow a similar trajectory. Along with numerous cookbooks, a decades-long career as a chef and restaurateur, and multiple broadcast television credits, Pete Evans is an outspoken advocate for the paleo approach, but instead of applause, he often receives derision. His critics, a broad coalition that includes tabloid news outlets like the Daily Mail and the Dietitians Association of Australia which