‘Bullying!’ Janet Street-Porter blasts Gino D’Acampo stance on ‘moron’ parenting

Janet Street-Porter criticises Gino D'Acampo’s ‘moron parenting’

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Loose Woman Janet Street-Porter took a jibe at TV chef Gino D’Acampo on Wednesday afternoon after she called him a “bully” for sending his daughter to bed without dinner. It was revealed on the ITV show today that Gino has called out “moron” parents and blamed them for their child’s fussy eating habits. Janet slammed his opinion and went on to explain her childhood fears of eating.

Introducing the topic, Christine Lampard said: “Chef Gino D’Acampo has hit out at parents about fussy eaters saying there is no such thing as a fussy child, but there is a thing of moron parenting.

“A child doesn’t grow up fussy it’s the parents, and he puts his money where his mouth is, saying he often sends his youngest child, nine-year-old Mia, to bed with no dinner if she doesn’t finish her plate and potentially gives it to her for breakfast the next day!”

Disagreeing with his opinion and actions, Janet exclaimed: “Talk about moron parenting, that is dictatorial bullying parenting.

“Yes, Gino D’Acampo! I grew up in a house where my father was a bit like Gino D’Acampo, if we didn’t eat what was on our plates, we had to sit at the table until we had finished it.

“I could eat most things, but the one thing I couldn’t eat was something called a butter bean, they’re these big white beans, and they used to sit on my plate like almost pulsating in ugliness.

“I would wait until my mum and dad or somebody else was looking away, and I could slide one into my pocket, and I would always be trying to be having a pocket handy.

“I got obsessed by these butter beans, and my dad would be like Gino, keep serving up these things, and you know I never ate a butter bean, they became so ugly and repellent.

“[It was] In my head, it’s all completely ridiculous, and then two years ago I was in a supermarket I bought a tin of butter beans, and I ate one, and they’re normal!

“There’s nothing about them, they don’t even taste of anything, but it was a combination of my dad nagging, being told, and he dug in, and I really hated him for that,” she said.

Christine explained: “I mean, I know it levels itself out but really, your taste changes all the time, as a child, you’re exploring what you really like.

“There isn’t much worse than someone saying, ‘You must eat that!’ it’s like that instantly creates an issue in lots of respects depending on the personality of the child.”

Christine also spoke about her own children and said: “I have to bribe mine, bribing is quite good sometimes!”

Gino has sparked a fierce parenting debate about how to discipline children who won’t eat their food.

The This Morning chef, who shares three children with wife Jessica, told Annie O’Leary and Wendy Golledge on their Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast that he doesn’t believe in “fussy” eaters.

The 45-year-old said: “When people talk to me about fussy children with food, there is no such thing as a fussy child – but there is a thing of moron parenting. I mean idiots.

“They can’t be bothered to see their children go to bed without having any food. I can.”

Outraged by his confession, parents and other fans of Gino’s took to Twitter to discuss the topic and share their opinions.

@realclareegan wrote: “@GinoDacampo All parents that have fussy kids are morons, are they? What about children with sensory issues? Are they morons too? Considering you don’t want to be judged on your past, it may be beneficial not to judge other people?”

@TruthAutisic slammed: “I’m in total shock about how you treat your kids, Gino. You realise that a lot of kids that have parents like you end up developing food-related trauma!”

However, not all comments were negative against Gino as @Sumsmum wrote: “If my daughter doesn’t eat majority of her dinner, then she will stay at the table until she is done! A little discipline is good!”

@Rachel775 agreed: “If my son doesn’t eat his dinner and then asks me for dessert, of course, it’s a straight no. Kids aren’t fussy they just want the sugary stuff that tastes better than veg!” (sic)

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV. 

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