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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver admits to punishing his children with chilli peppers

Jamie Oliver's got a unique way of enforcing discipline at home and, no surprise, it involves food.

When any of his four young children misbehave, Oliver doesn't beat or lecture, but insted makes them eat hot peppers.


Jamie (in the costume) with wife Juliette (center in green) and their four children.

"I give them chillies for punishment. It is not very popular beating kids any more, and if you are a celebrity chef like me it does not look very good in the paper. So you need a few options."

He even tricked his 12-year-old daughter once into eating Scotch Bonnet, a particularly fiery chilli, which annoyed his wife Juliette.

"Poppy was quite disrespectful and rude to me and she pushed her luck. In my day I would have got a bit of a telling-off but you are not allowed to do that," Jamie said on the BBC Good Food Show.

"Five minutes later she thought I had forgotten and I hadn’t. She asked for an apple. I cut it up into several pieces and rubbed it with Scotch Bonnet and it worked a treat. She ran up to mum and said, 'This is peppery'. I was in the corner laughing. (Juliette) said to me, 'Don’t you ever do that again'."


Scotch Bonnet peppers are one of the hottest peppers according to the Scoville scale.

On the Scoville scale that measures heat, Scotch Bonnets have a rating of 100,000 to 350,000. Jalapenos only rate 2,500 to 8,000.

His daughters, Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, 11, Petal Blossom Rainbow, five, and son Buddy Bear Maurice, four, are such a struggle to handle that he's not keen on having another one.


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"The woman wants another baby. So watch this space. But with all the power in my body we are not having another baby," he said.

He admitted that Mrs Oliver, whom he met when they were 17, usually wins the arguments at home, even about food.

Source: Mail online

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