Nightmares in the kitchen host Colin Fassnidge has detailed how he was banned from making lunches for his children after sending them to school with an “illegal” item.
The celebrity chef says he was tasked with packing lunch boxes for his two daughters Lily, 11, and Maeve, 10, while his wife was away.
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But things didn’t go as planned when he received an unexpected phone call from his children’s school.
“Once my wife was away, I made Nutella sandwiches and gave them nut bars,” the 48-year-old says. 7Entertainment in an exclusive interview.
“But the school called me and they asked me to come to school because it’s illegal… It’s illegal to give nuts and Nutella, so I was forbidden to do lunches.”
According to school guidelines across Australia, parents are warned to avoid packing ingredients such as nuts in lunch boxes to minimize the risk of exposure to allergens.
The adored dad says that one of his daughters “eats everything”, the other prefers “staple” foods like “pasta and bread”.
“It’s not good,” he laughs.
During the interview, Fassnidge says he noticed how the “fine dining” scene has changed dramatically over the years.
“It used to be a lot of knives and forks or the best tablecloths, but now you have young guys opening up like garages but doing some of the best cooking in Australia,” he says.
“What you want to do is do as little as possible on the ingredient, like if you have a nice piece of asparagus, why not just serve it as asparagus? Let the ingredient shine.
Last year, Fassnidge shared a fun TikTok video about how he managed to get his kids off their screens during lockdown.
“I invented a new device,” Fassnidge explained.
“If you don’t know if your kids are okay, it’s called an ‘Are my kids alive’ box, if you’re worried about your kids and don’t know where they are.”
The video shows the father disconnecting the Wi-Fi cable in a bid to get his daughters out of their bedrooms.
“Follow me, this device works 100%.”
Moments later, her eldest daughter Lily was seen walking out of her bedroom after realizing she no longer had internet access.
“Let’s go, there’s a baby,” Fassnidge said, before little Maeve was heard screaming from her bedroom.
Watch the Kitchen Nightmares Australia final on Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.