My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans endorsed a podcast interview with Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. Evans, an Australian resident with a popular cooking show, has 1.5 million followers. Evans says the podcast, titled Vaccines: life, disability or death?, “ask questions that need to be asked.”
In 2015, Dr. Tenpenny was forced to halt travel to Australia after pro-vaccine groups said they “couldn’t guarantee her safety.”
AMA president Dr. Tony Bartone put out a harsh statement following Evan’s social media post.
“As a highly recognised chef, Pete Evans has a lot of expertise in the kitchen but none whatsoever when it comes to vaccination,” he said, adding that Evans “should keep out of this discussion altogether and leave it to the medical experts.”
“Research has shown without a shadow of a doubt that vaccination saves lives and has a good part to play in public health messaging.”
In 2015, Evans caused an uproar when he wrote a book that promoted paleo recipes for babies. In 2017, Evans served as narrator for a Netflix documentary promoting the ketogenic diet as helpful for asthma and autism.