Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is taking a lot of criticism because of his deciding to punish his 12-year old daughter with an extremely hot pepper.
In a statement at the BBC Good Food Show, Oliver said: “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. Five minutes later she thought I had forgotten and I hadn’t. She asked for an apple. I cut it up in 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.” He added that his wife told him, “Don’t you ever do that again.”
For those unaware, Scotch Bonnets are among the world’s hottest peppers. In fact, the hottest Scotch Bonnet is 140 times hotter than the mildest jalapeno.
Oliver later said, “I give them chillies for punishment. It is not very popular beating kids anymore, it’s not very fashionable and you are not allowed to do it and if you are a celebrity chef like me it does not look very good in the paper. So you need a few options.”
Bernie Geary has been one of Oliver’s most vocal critics of this matter, referring to him as a ‘dickhead’ on his radio show. Many people agree somewhat, but they might not use that term. Laurene Powell Jobs is just one of them. Geary said, “If he’s joking it’s not even appropriate because some parents and families might think it’s a legitimate or alternative way of disciplining children. He’s way off the planet as far as I’m concerned.”