At some point, all of our kids take things too far, and it is up to us to discipline them. 

While normally this would involve a stern talking to, or time-out in the naughty corner, Jamie Oliver takes a slightly different approach.

Speaking at the BBC Good Food Show, the celebrity chef explained “I give them chillies for punishment. It is not very popular beating kids any more, 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.”

The father-of-four then went on to reveal that when his 12-year-old daughter Poppy was misbehaving, he tricked her into eating a Scotch Bonnet- one of the world’s hottest chillies.

“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 but 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 her mum and said ‘This is peppery.'”

While Jamie thought his daughter’s reaction was hilarious, wife Jules had a different take on the situation, sternly telling her husband of 14 years not to “ever do that again.”

The punishment has polarised parents around the world, with many seeing Jamie’s actions as inappropriate and cruel. Others, however, have applauded him for using a technique that not only disciplines his children but results in both the kids and adults involved having a giggle.

So it begs the question- What do you think of Jamie Oliver’s method for disciplining his kids?

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  • I think it was pretty stupid.


  • Kind of had a feeling it would involve food somehow, lol.


  • I think is a little bit too much


  • I don’t agree with his discipline method , and would never do this to my child.


  • I never have liked Jamie Oliver and I would really like to place red hot chillies in certain places in him!! I do not believe in smacking children but firm discipline is required but there are many methods and not all work with all children but pain and cruelty is not needed,


  • Parenting is a learning experience with different techniques working for different families. I see nothing wrong with Jamie’s actions, as long as it was explained to his daughter afterwards what the punishment was for.


  • no so sure if it is dicipline or just some fun for him how does it teach the children their actions are wrong with an action of pain and discomfort


  • this is child abuse, plain and simple, WTF is wrong with him.


  • It might have been effective if she knew it was a consequence to bad behaviour but what us the point of doing something ‘some time later’


  • Discipline needs to be direct; cause and effect. ‘Sneaking’ in a punishment does not teach cause and effect. Any type of sneaky behaviour causes distrust.




  • It didn’t really discipline her at all because for 1. the daughter didn’t know she was being punished or what for. 2. the mum didn’t agree on the punishment and weren’t on the same side, so it achieved nothing.


  • its about time the dogooders slither away and let parents be parents

    you cannot smack a child because its assault
    putting them in their room is false imprisonment
    taking away their toys is theft
    not giving them mobile phone credit is child endangerment

    the list goes on. you think my list is ridiculous? yep, so do but it was a DOCs worker who informed of all of this and the police confirmed it when i phoned them

    BUT if i allow my child to run amok, i can be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor! parents cant win these days

    so maybe the dogooders will be happy to explain to us how exactly are we supposed to discipline children? DOCs told me i am supposed to come down to my child’s level, tell the child i dont like being called a c**t and that it hurts my feelings and then beg them not to do it again. when the child tells me to go F myself, im supposed to again beg them not to hurt my feelings

    ive got a child who is a local menace. well known to the police, her behaviour talked about by all and sundry and kicked out of 3 different schools. so many people blamed me for her behaviour but every punishment i came up with for poor behaviour could have seen me arrested. youre damned if you do and youre damned if you dont

    the govt need to give parents back their rights. you hear so many stories about kids robbing people on the train and stuff like that and everyone asks where the parents were. the poor parents were probably sitting at home worried sick about where their child was, what they were doing and who they were doing it to

    good on jamie oliver for his actions! bad form for his wife to undermine his authority though. when he gives up disciplining his kids and leaves it all to the wife, she’ll complain that he’s not supporting her lol

    • these are all very untrue, it is not illegal IN AUSTRALIA to smack your child (with exceptions) but a normal tap on the butt is fine. It IS ILLEGAL to abuse your child etc belting them out of anger until they are full of bruises or broken bones etc. nor is there a law about putting them in their room, you are not allowed to lock them in or keep them in there forever but yes you are allowed to send them to their room for a reasonable amount of time.

      • also since when is taking items you bought (ie toys) of a child theft? They were purchased buy you and belong to you, that’s like saying selling your babies grown out of clothes or selling their baby toys they don’t play with anymore selling stolen goods. that is ridiculas.


  • Appealing behaviour, a side of him I’ve never seen before


  • Well I wouldn’t do it, it’s a bit mean. But, he was rather creative. I wonder if she actually learned anything from it other than her dad did something mean to her.


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