Chef Jamie Oliver is usually known for talking about healthy food practices. His last bit of publicity is definitely not the best practice of that. According to the Daily Mail, Oliver admitted on the BBC show Good Food that he tricked his 12-year-old daughter, Poppy, into eating one of the world’s hottest peppers as punishment.
At the time, Jamie explained his unusual 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.”
He continued the statement.
“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 into several pieces and rubbed it with Scotch Bonnet and it worked a treat.”
Scotch bonnet is a chili pepper and their heat is 100,000 – 350,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). A jalepeño pepper only comes in at 3,000 – 6,000 SHU. Simply put? It’s an extremely hot pepper. As Jamie Oliver explains the scenario, he admits that he found this trick for punishment amusing.
“She ran up to mum and said, ‘This is peppery.’ I was in the corner laughing. [My wife, Jools] said to me, ‘Don’t you ever do that again.'”
Some people are comparing this to child abuse, while others are saying that people are being too quick to judge.
This Jamie Oliver apple thing is just Not Funny. My mother fed us a teaspoon of pepper if we were bad. Stop legitimising child abuse.
— Christina Jane (@_ChristinaRoss) November 19, 2014
Who cares that Jamie Oliver put a bit of chilli/pepper on an apple, not me.
— Courtney (@CourtneeeyJ) November 19, 2014
— Lori Petro (@TEACHthruLove) November 18, 2014
Hi Jamie Oliver here, I’m not allowed to smack my petulant children, so as a petulant child myself I pepper spray them and laugh about it. — irl inept male (@Skipjack451) November 17, 2014