December 15, 2021, 8:37 a.m.
Chef Gino D’Acampo spoke to his three children about his “strict” parenting style.
In a controversial new interview about parenting, Gino D’Acampo, 45, branded parents who don’t send their picky children to bed hungry when they refuse to eat their meal as “idiots”.
The This Morning chef, who has three children with his wife Jessica Morrison – Luciano, 19, Rocco, 16, Mia, 10 – was included on Netmum’s podcast Sweat, snot & tears that he is a “strict” father and that although he believes there is “no fussy child” there is “a thing of idiotic parenting”.
He used his youngest child, Mia, in an example to explain that if she didn’t eat her dinner one night, she went to bed hungry, and if she woke up for breakfast, the same dinner from the previous night would be served.
Speaking to Netmums editors Annie O’Leary and Wendy Golledge, he said, “I’m a very strict father, there are many rules in my house. I run a house with rules, probably because I’ve worked in restaurants for many years. ” .
“For me in restaurants, it’s always been about sticking to the rules, keeping the restaurant clean – and the house is the same. I hate it when it’s messy.”
He went on to talk about dealing with picky eaters, explaining, “There is no such thing as a picky child, there is such a thing as idiot upbringing.
“It’s the parents who don’t bother to argue, argue at the table, or see their children go to bed without eating.”
He continued: “If Mia was at the table and didn’t eat anything, I would of course say, ‘If you are not hungry and don’t eat your ravioli, you can’t eat anything.”
“She’ll go to bed with no food – and tomorrow morning instead of cornflakes, guess what she’ll find on the table? The same ravioli that were there.”
To the shock of the podcast moderators, Gino replied: “You only have to do it once. Of course they’ll eat it
“When kids misbehave, it’s mostly our fault. We can’t worry about arguing,” Gino concluded. “I can, and they know it.”