Curtis Stone Says Parents Should Let Fussy Kids Go Hungry

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is dishing out the parenting advice.

The father-of-two warned parents against giving in to their children when it comes to fussing eating.

“Say you make a fish pie and the kids won’t eat it; I’d wrap it up, put it away and offer it again later when they’re hungry,” Curtis told The Herald Sun.

“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.

“I don’t see the big deal in letting kids go hungry a few times. They’ll eat when they’re hungry.”

Curtis is married to actress Lindsay Price, with whom he has two sons: Hudson, 4, and Emerson, 1. 


When cooking for fussy eaters, Curtis advised parents to try new approaches to incorporate things like vegetables into their diet.

"Try incorporating the vegetables into the meal with a chicken casserole or a bolognese,” he said.

Fellow celebrity chef, George Calombaris, also recently told LifeStyle how he combats fussy kids.

"It's just persistence, and making them part of the process is important," he said.

"You know, Natalie [George's partner] will take them to the market once a week, and they walk around the market and they know who the fruit and veg supplier is, they know Gary the butcher, they know who the fish monger is. Kids like to know everything and if you can involve them in that process from start to end, they generally get it."

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