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Two years after parting ways with My Kitchen Rules, Pete Evans' new life continues to fascinate

There have been some big changes.

By Alana Mazzoni
It's been two years since Pete Evans left his judging role on My Kitchen Rules behind, and after copping extreme public backlash for his controversial views his life is a lot more private today.
The 49-year-old's fall from grace started in 2020 when he used social media to share misinformation about the COVID pandemic, and cast doubts on vaccines and other mainstream science.
In April 2020, Pete was fined $25,000 by the TGA for promoting a $15,000 lamp he claimed could treat COVID-19.
Pete left My Kitchen Rules in May 2020 amid controversial social media posts. (Image: Seven)
Subsequently, Pete and Channel Seven mutually agreed to part ways - and MKR effectively went on a two-year hiatus.
In November 2020, Pete was dropped by 15 sponsors and companies in the space of just 48 hours after posting a neo-Nazi cartoon on social media.
However, Pete denied any knowledge the "black sun" symbol had ties to neo-Nazis, later writing: " The fact that I had to actually Google what neo-Nazi meant is pretty telling."
The following month, after months of posting COVID misinformation online, Pete was banned from Facebook.
Nowadays, the father-of-two lives a somewhat quiet near the coastal town of Byron Bay in northern NSW.
Pete and his wife Nicola live on a 72-hectare "ultra-private" property near Byron Bay. (Image: Instagram)
Pete and his wife Nicola Robinson live on a 72-hectare "ultra-private" property in Byrrill Creek, which is located inland a few hours from Byron Bay.
The couple purchased the property, marketed as featuring "totally sustainable living" after selling their home on the Northern Tablelands for $3.15 million.
In April 2022, Pete made a cryptic acknowledgement of the news that Nigella Lawson had been announced as Manu Feildel's new co-judge on the upcoming season of MKR.
"I will always cherish the many years we spent together, creating so many wonderful memories," he wrote on messaging app Telegram.
Once the face of Australia's most popular reality cooking show, Pete now manages to stay largely out of the spotlight - thanks in part to his disappearance from mainstream social media.
The celebrity chef, who used to be recognised for his polished and clean image, looked worlds away from his former self in a photo posted to Telegram in May 2021.
In the picture, Pete sported a bushy, grey beard and weathered complexion as he went for a bush walk with his mother, Joy.
Pete, who is outspokenly against wearing sunscreen, revealed he had just finished hosting a wellness retreat in Byron Bay.
A new look: Pete now sports a bushy, grey beard. (Image: Telegram)
"Great weekend at the evolve sanctuary for our third retreat. Our beautiful Mum came along to experience it also," the former MKR judge captioned the photo.
In July 2021, Pete was confronted by A Current Affair over his alleged involvement in a controversial hippie commune called Nightcap.
However, Pete dismissed the story as "fake news" and "propaganda".