Summary of “Gordon Ramsay’s food approach helped my family of autistic eaters.”

The behaviors that Gordon Ramsay models on the show have completely changed my family’s relationship to food.
Some people would call us “Picky eaters.” Medical professionals would call us “Sensory avoidant in relation to food.” To further complicate dinnertime, my kids have vastly different tolerances around food.
Then the way they related to food started to change.
He gives feedback on flavor and texture, and sometimes, after critiquing the presentation, even Ramsay finds that something he thought would be awful actually tastes “Quite nice.” Whether he knows it or not, Gordon is mimicking the advice of my daughter’s occupational therapist: Engage food with all your senses.
You can identify ways in which it’s familiar to other things you’ve eaten or find senses that aren’t overwhelmed by food.
For my kids, food was just food; if one version of a slider was bad, all sliders were bad. But Gordon never just says “Yuck.” Instead, he explains why he doesn’t like a dish: The vegetables are underdone, the meat is overcooked, the presentation is unappealing, or the spices aren’t on point.
Ultimately, what Gordon Ramsay and Hell’s Kitchen did was to change our family conversation around food.
Gordon Ramsay elevated our family’s food experience into something that’s more fun for all of us.

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