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Celebrity Chef’s Bent Spoon

The Australian Skeptics has awarded its 2015 Bent Spoon award to celebrity chef Pete Evans for being the “perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle”.

Evans is a judge on the TV program My Kitchen Rules and the promoter of the paleo diet, which promotes the diet available to the Stone Age man.

“It is not only for his diet that he is a worthy winner, even though it can apparently shrink tumours, reduce diabetes, cure autism, stop asthma and reverse chronic fatigue,” said Eran Segev, President of Australian Skeptics Inc. “There are elements of it that are probably useful, although bone broth for babies is a worry.

“No, he has won the award for his support of pseudomedicine, his stance against fluoridation, and his association with rabid anti-vaccinationist Stephen Mercola – ‘the legend’ as Evans calls him.

“Is Evans genuine? I don’t know. Check out the lengthy disclaimer on his Facebook page to see how he protects himself from his own pronouncements. But he is certainly influential, and he has a wide following, so when he pushes something of highly dubious quality or scientific evidence, then it has to be a worry.”