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Jamie Oliver’s Top 4 Tips for Getting your Kids to Become Adventurous Eaters

By HannahFriday 10th April 2015

Jamie's Italian Stratfor

As we await the first sailing of Anthem of the Seas in April 2015, we thought we’d catch up with top celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, who has developed a string of restaurants that will feature on our Quantum class ships. Jamie has a wealth of culinary knowledge, and plenty of experience in bringing up kids, so we know he’ll be able to help with your kids’ stubborn eating habits. By following Jamie’s four handy tips, you and your whole family will be able to explore and enjoy different cultures, without needing to worry about dinner time.

Tip 1

kids jme Jamie’s first tip is to make eating more of a family activity, and less about food being simply a way of fuelling your body. Challenge your kids to try new flavours, and make it a competition to see who’s brave enough to try the most brand new foods. Your kids are bound to end up loving most of what they try, and even if they don’t, at least they gave it a shot! A fun restaurant to try whilst onboard is Wonderland, a place where creativity and delicious food come together to create an enchanting dining experience the whole family will love. Jamie’s motto is, “it’s not about what do you not like, it’s about what you could like.”

Tip 2

Jamie's Italian Stratford A great way to entice your kids into exploring food, and to be more involved in dinner time, is by ordering an extra dish the whole family can share. If you do decide to enjoy a meal in Jamie’s Italian during your cruise holiday, order a few plates of nibbles, such as the bright green olives and crispy arancini, which are small stuffed risotto balls, with mozzarella, chillies and a delicious arrabbiata sauce – perfect for picking at. Jamie says, “order something a little extra, pass it around, and you never know [what you could like].”

Tip 3

jme If your kids just seem uninterested by new food in general, try getting them involved with the creating process.  Onboard, your kids can meet the chefs of Jamie’s Italian, and work with them to make the day’s fresh pasta. Your kids will get to cut the pasta through the machine, and even separate and dust it with flour in preparation for the evening of cooking ahead. Once your kids know they helped to create dinner for everyone, they’ll be more likely to sit down and eat it, excited by what they’ve made.

Tip 4

kids salad Whether you’re eating out on holiday, or serving up dinner at home, a good way to make sure your kids try out new flavours is by presenting things in a new and exciting way.  Jamie Oliver’s top example is the ‘Shake-me Salad’, a delicious salad with a balsamic dressing that’s served up in a jar. To get the salad ready for eating, your kids are asked to shake the salad above their head until it’s all mixed up. It might sound daft, but your kids are bound to love it.

Will you be following these top tips?

If Jamie’s tips have you inspired to get your kids eating more exciting dishes whilst on holiday, make sure you check out the amazing food that’s available on Anthem of the Seas. See you there!

Have you got any of your own tips for more adventurous dinner times? Share them in the comments below. 

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