Celebrity chef Curtis Stone isn't afraid to let his kids go hungry.
Curtis, who has two sons with his wife, actress Lindsay Price, said he isn't one to fix up an alternative meal for his children if they get too fussy and don't like what was already put in front of them.
In fact, he'll just wrap up the already-prepared meal and refrigerate it. Eventually, the kids will eat it if they're hungry enough, he told the Herald Sun.
"Say you make a fish pie and the kids won't eat it," he said. "I'd wrap it up, put it away and offer it again later when they're hungry."
"What's wrong with fish pie for breakfast? I'd love a fish pie for breakfast. I think the problem is too many parents worry about their kids being hungry that they let their children dictate what they eat," he said. "I don't see the big deal in letting kids go hungry a few times. They'll eat when they're hungry."
Curtis, who stars in realty TV cooking shows, says parents should incorporate healthy items into their children's meals, but offer no snacks in between meals.
His children, he said, don't eat junk food because it is not allowed in his Los Angeles-area home.
"Someone said to me on a TV show in America 'but how do you stop your kid from eating hot dogs?' I'm like that's pretty easy, my kid has never eaten a hot dog because it's full of s---," he said.
"Of course one day he will be invited to a party at a fast food restaurant and I'm not going to say no, you can live a life of course, but you are in charge of his day to day," Curtis said.
Curtis and Lindsay, who welcomed their second child in September 2014, don't necessary want to come off like food tyrants, but they want to expose their children to healthy options so that that is ingrained in their minds.
"Your kid is going to embrace whatever you expose them to, right, that's just a fact of life," he says. "People tell you, 'No, no my kid likes this or my kid likes that.' My opinion is; that's just not accurate."
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