Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain has tackled, head-on, every parent’s worst enemy: McDonald’s. His daughter, now 3, used to have a sophisticated palate. As he wrote on his blog in 2008: “My one and half year old baby daughter loves olives. And caper berries. And salty parmigiano reggiano cheese. Her love of rabbits (as food) is already well established.”
Now, though, as documented in Anthony Bourdain’s new book, he’s having to ward her off fast-food. And he’s doing so with some of the cleverest, most cunning parental lies I’ve ever heard.
The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. ran an excerpt from Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, in which he says, of his daughter, “I am determined that the Evil Empire shall not have her, and to that end I am prepared to use what Malcolm X called ‘any means necessary’ …McDonald’s has been very shrewd about kids. Say what you will about Ronald and friends, they know their market and who drives it. They haven’t shrunk from targeting young minds.”
His counter-attack? He and his wife stand outside their daughter’s door at night and whisper, so she can overhear, about children going into McDonalds for a Happy Meal and then never being seen again! Or, even better, feeding her lines like this:
“‘Ronald smells bad,’ I say every time he shows up on television or [on a sign] out of the car window. ‘Kind of like… poo! I’m not saying it rubs off on you or anything if you get too close to him but…'”
Love this guy. His anti-fast food sentiment is based on health reasons—and also taste. He writes about “the collective, post-ironic shrug we’ve come to give each other as we knowingly dig into something that tastes, at best, like cardboard and soured onion, that’s hurting us. And our children.”
Alongside Jamie Oliver and Marcus Samuelsson, Anthony Bourdain officially joins the food world’s growing Team Kids, and we’re thrilled to have him.
Do you limit your children’s fast-food intake? What are your tricks?