I send my kids to bed hungry if they don’t eat their dinner – parents who don’t are morons, says ‘strict’ Gino D’Acampo

GINO D'Acampo has opened up about running a tight ship at home thanks to his "strict" parenting style, which has seen his kids go to bed hungry.

The TV chef, who is a regular on ITV's This Morning, opened up about life at home with his three children on Netmum's podcast Sweat, Snot & Tears.

Gino, 45, who shares children Luciano, 19, Rocco, 16, and Mia, ten, with wife Jessica Morrison, opened up about how he can be quite a "strict" parent.

He told Netmums editors Annie O'Leary and Wendy Golledge that he runs a tight ship in his home – and is often the one playing the bad cop with his brood.

"I'm a very strict dad," Gino revealed. "There are a lot of rules in my house. I run a house with rules, probably because I worked in restaurants for many years.

"For me in the restaurants, it's always been about following the rules, keeping the restaurant clean – and it's the same thing with the house, I hate when it is messy."

The star admitted he instilled his values early on in his three kids by ensuring he was "always up for a fight" to teach them right from wrong.

The star also gloated that fussy eaters do not exist in his family as he would even send his youngsters to bed "hungry" if necessary.

"There is no such thing as a fussy child, there is a thing of moron parenting," Gino scathed. "It's the parents that can't be bothered to fight, to have an argument at the table or to see their children go to bed without having any food.

"I can. If Mia would be at the table and not eating anything, of course I say, 'If you're not hungry, not eating your ravioli, you can't eat anything'.

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"She will go to bed without food – and tomorrow morning, instead of cornflakes, guess what she is going to find on the table? The same ravioli that was there."

As the podcast hosts gasped over his "tough" parenting style, he went on: "You only have to do it once. Of course they will eat it

"Most of the time when kids are misbehaving, it's pretty much our fault, we can't be bothered to have the fight," Gino concluded. "I can, and they know that."

Italian chef Gino recently introduced his British-born kids to the world of TV when they were seen alongside him on Gino's Italian Family Adventure.

The celeb cook took his children – who were raised in the UK – and his wife Jessica to Italy to rediscover their culinary roots.

It's not the first time the star has opened up about ensuring his kids eat properly, as he spoke about discouraging fussy eating on This Morning in 2020.

"My kids are not allowed to be fussy eaters," he told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. "The problem with fussy children is their stupid parents.

"I run a family kitchen and in my house we don't have many options. I never had options when I was a child, so why should they?"

He added that mum Jessica was the more relaxed of the pair, joking: "You can see my wife look at the children, saying with her eyes 'Don't even think about it, he's not going to bend'."

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