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Celeb chef Eric Ripert fights dirty to keep his kid away from McDonald's

Celebrity chef Eric Ripert visited TODAY recently, and in a backstage interview he offered some diabolical advice on how to get children to eat well.We heard the usual stuff about how he made fresh baby food and exposed his now 8-year-old son to a variety of flavors, and now he'll eat anything and has a wonderfully adventurous palate. Another celebrity chef interview, another opportunity for reg

Celebrity chef Eric Ripert visited TODAY recently, and in a backstage interview he offered some diabolical advice on how to get children to eat well.

We heard the usual stuff about how he made fresh baby food and exposed his now 8-year-old son to a variety of flavors, and now he'll eat anything and has a wonderfully adventurous palate. Another celebrity chef interview, another opportunity for regular moms to feel bad about pantries stocked with mac-and-cheese... sigh.

But Ripert isn't afraid to play dirty when it comes to child nutrition. His child has never eaten at McDonald's, he explains in his charming French accent to TODAY.com's Katie Quinn, because rumor has it around his house that friendly clown Ronald McDonald "has kidnapped a couple of kids -- allegedly. So we are scared of the McDonald."

He may have picked up this parenting technique from chef pal Anthony Bourdain, who detailed in his 2010 book, "Medium Raw," how he tricks his daughter into believing that Ronald McDonald may be a serial child abductor -- who has smelly cooties, to boot.

What do you think: Crazy or brilliant? Is all fair in food and parenting? Have you ever -- would you ever -- make up tall tales to keep your kids away from food you don't want them to eat?