Top Chef's Advice for Finicky Eaters: Don't Worry

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I won’t give away the conclusion to this season’s Top Chef — I remember last year I had recorded the season finale but a friend gave it away on Facebook before I had the chance to watch it — but there was a small nugget of information in the finale that could be helpful for parents of picky eaters.

Don’t worry about it.

Your kid who “hates everything” just might grow up to be a famous chef.

Because the brothers Voltaggio were both in the finale, the producers must have thought it would be a good idea to invite their mom. (Kevin’s mom was there, too.) The final three chefs were tasked with making a dish that reminded them of childhood, and after Michael Voltaggio made a broccoli thing, his mom was asked whether he actually liked broccoli as a kid. She hesitated a moment.

“Michael hated everything,” she laughed.

I just thought that was such a funny comment, considering he grew up to become a Top Chef — who made some really amazing sounding and looking food. And it made me think of a few friends who are trying their best to get their kids to eat anything besides chicken and macaroni and cheese. Does it matter? They’ll grow up, develop tastes of their own. They might not become culinary stars, sure. But they might at least one day do something really interesting with broccoli.

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