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Anthony Bantoft, 40 (photo), appeared on Wednesday before the Cairns Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking on Palm Cove St on Cairns Street in February

Famous chef and MasterChef participant who was fined by drug users said that legal drugs caused the positive result

  • A celebrity chef and Masterchef participant is fined with driving drugs
  • He claimed that he was taking a legal drug that affected the positive result
  • Bantoft & # 39; s American doctor said he was taking a drug that could be tested positive for meth
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A famous chef and former Masterchef participant who was fined for driving under the influence of a prohibited substance, claimed that he was taking legal medicines that affected the positive result.

Anthony Bantoft, 40, appeared on Wednesday before the Cairns Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to drug-driving on Palm Cove Street in Cairns in February.

Despite the guilty plea, he claimed that a legal medicine caused the positive reading, the Cairns Post reported.

Anthony Bantoft, 40 (photo), appeared on Wednesday before the Cairns Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking on Palm Cove St on Cairns Street in February

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Anthony Bantoft, 40 (photo), appeared on Wednesday before the Cairns Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking on Palm Cove St on Cairns Street in February

Bantoft gave the court a letter from his American doctor, claiming that he was taking a legal drug that could have yielded a positive result for methylamfetamines.

& # 39; I understand the seriousness of the violation and I will do everything I can so that it does not happen again, & # 39; said Bantoft.

Acting Magistrate Scott Luxton agreed to the doctor's claim for & # 39; slightly different circumstances & # 39; compared to normal drug offenses.

& # 39; Nevertheless, the law says it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle with the substance in your saliva, & # 39; he said.

According to the foundation for alcohol and drugs websiteSaliva roadside tests can detect methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy) and the active ingredient of cannabis.

& # 39; These tests do not detect the presence of legally prescribed medications or regular freely available medications & # 39 ;, according to the website.

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The laws do not take into account that such substances are legally available outside of Australia.

The famous chef, who cooked for big names such as Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz and Sean Connery, was fined $ 300 and was not allowed to drive a month.

However, no conviction was registered, as this could cause problems for the chief's ability to travel back and forth from the US.

He lives in Florida and works on super yachts that travel internationally.

Despite his plea, Bantoft (photo) claimed that he was taking a legal drug that caused the positive outcome for methylamfetamines

Despite his plea, Bantoft (photo) claimed that he was taking a legal drug that caused the positive outcome for methylamfetamines

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Despite his plea, Bantoft (photo) claimed that he was taking a legal drug that caused the positive outcome for methylamfetamines

Bantoft was kicked out of the reality cooking show after he hadn't surprised Marco Pierre White (left) and Matt Preston (right) with a crab souffle that he once gave Penelope Cruz

Bantoft was kicked out of the reality cooking show after he hadn't surprised Marco Pierre White (left) and Matt Preston (right) with a crab souffle that he once gave Penelope Cruz

Bantoft was kicked out of the reality cooking show after he hadn't surprised Marco Pierre White (left) and Matt Preston (right) with a crab souffle that he once gave Penelope Cruz

Bantoft was kicked at MasterChef Professionals after he hadn't surprised Marco Pierre White and Matt Preston with a crab souffle that he once gave Penelope Cruz.

He is not the first person in the show to get the headlines to drive under the influence.

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In 2018, the inaugural Australian Master Chef champion Julie Goodwin pleaded guilty to drinking after attempting to make a runner from a roadside breathing test.

She registered a blood alcohol level of 0.107 – more than double the legal limit – and was subsequently arrested on North Gosford, on the NSW Central Coast.

Bantoft (photo) who has cooked for big names such as Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz and Sean Connery, was fined $ 300 and was not allowed to drive for a month

Bantoft (photo) who has cooked for big names such as Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz and Sean Connery, was fined $ 300 and was not allowed to drive for a month

Bantoft (photo) who has cooked for big names such as Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz and Sean Connery, was fined $ 300 and was not allowed to drive for a month

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