This celebrity chef disapproves of what you are dishing up at your child’s birthday party.
Shame and guilt at the burger.
Shame and guilt at the extra-thick chocolate shake.
Shame and guilt at those little orange quarters filled with brightly coloured jelly
We’ve been food-shamed once again. Indirectly slandered for our acquiescence.
Mega-guilted for allowing our children to indulge in something we surely should have known better than to allow.
The shame has come from the (well intentioned, I am sure) words of celebrity chef George Calombaris who has given an interview stating that he “sends his young son to birthday parties with a packed lunch because he doesn’t want him eating the fast food that is served up.”
Do you feel it? That vritual tut-tutting we, more normal folks, are getting all across cyberspace.
The weight of disgrace and disgust knowing that only last week I allowed all three (yes ALL THREE) of my kids to eat hot dogs, party pies AND drink lemonade at a birthday party in a neighbour’s garden.
And just two months prior they had pizza and chips, along with multicoloured ice-cream adorned with lashings of fluorescent pink topping at a 5th birthday in a play centre.
If only I had thought to follow in George’s footsteps and pack a tupperware container of rabbit spanakopita, bean skordalia and licorice ice-cream for my kids. Imagine how much happier they would have been?
Surely any sensible person’s gut reaction to this is a calm and considerate: GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK. It’s an occasional occurrence, what harm can the odd bit of junk now and again do?
But perhaps the Calombaris kids are so super sparkly they have a social calendar which rivals Kim Kardashian’s and each and every weekend is filled to the brim with festive occasions at fast food restaurants and Frozen parties at the local park.
Perhaps the Calombaris kids are
brain washed educated about healthy foods and happily trot off with their goats cheese dampers and goji berries without a backward glance at the plastic bowls filled with jellybeans and Milky Ways.
Perhaps (big stretch here) the Calombaris kids are okay with this.
Obviously George just wants the best for his kids, like we all do. There is nothing wrong with encouraging your children to make healthy choices and no one could deny the importance of giving them a good balanced diet, but you have to wonder about taking such nutritional zeal to an extreme.