Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Twins Have ‘Incredible Palates’

04/13/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris David Burtka The New Potato
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Mealtime can get a bit repetitive for parents of young kids, but not David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris.

“My kids are crazy eaters,” the actor and chef tells The New Potato of his twins, daughter Harper and son Gideon, 4. “They have incredible palates.”

And we’re not just talking about a willingness to try an occasional vegetable.

“Gideon eats everything you put in front of him. His passion for cooking and eating good food is in his soul,” according to Burtka, who says his son loves “clams, sushi, octopus, grilled pork, steak, parmigiana cheese, ginger, mint, cinnamon and coconut.”

As for Harper, Burtka says she likes “briny flavors” and particularly enjoys “oysters, sardines, prosciutto, capers, duck liver, miso, and anything chocolate.”

Burtka, 39, says he cooks for his kids “a ton” and enjoys catering to their diverse palates.

“I make ceviche a lot, grilled fish, too. We eat clams and mussels at least once a week, I make a lot of sous vide proteins like pork chops, chicken, and fish to take out of the freezer in the morning to sear. I always have poached shrimp and blanched vegetables on hand. We also make tacos and quesadillas as a go to,” he explains.

Though he says Harris, 41, is more of a “bartender” than a chef, Burtka says his husband does make an excellent sous chef when they prepare a meal together.

“He’s great at plating [and] finishing touches,” says Burtka. “And he ices cupcakes like a pro.”

— Patrick Gomez

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Callie on

Gross. I hate any kind of seafood or crustaceans. My niece was just like this when she was very young and now as an adult doesn’t eat any of it.

Christina on

My kids eat like this too, possibly not so pretentiously, but really it is all about what you expose them to.

sue on

Love this family. But, is all that shellfish safe for young kids?

evarector on

My daughter loves sushi, my son loves steamed artichokes, and they both eat a huge variety of other things the majority of kids their age won’t touch. If you offer your kids good food from the first bite, they won’t develop such a stubborn preference for the junky stuff.
And shellfish is fine, and healthy, for kids older than a year.

charlotte on

Sounds like my son, who at 3 would beg for salads! I applaud parents who teach their children at a young age about good food and good food choices!

Sarah25 on

You never ask a child if they would like this or that in terms of what you’ve prepared. You put the food on a plate in front of them, no helping themselves, and if they don’t eat it, there are no other options. You’d be surprised at how most everything disappears with no complaints.

Lilly on

David & Patrick, if you’re reading this, I’m waiting for my invite to dine with y’all. Yum yum. Bon apetit

Anonymous on

I love this article, it’s so nice to see something positive and sweet that is not about the families that are normally featured on this website. And I love how NPH and David have their kids try everything. Growing up in our house, the rule always was you had to eat what was put in front of you. If you did not like it (I had a SERIOUS aversion to ham as a kid), you went hungry. In a way, it made dinners very stressful as a kid because I have a ton of food allergies which we did not know about when I was younger. So there were things that I told my Mom made me feel sick but she just thought I was being difficult when in fact I really wasn’t. I hope that if I am ever blessed with kids, I’m blessed with ones that are awesome eaters like these two sound like. I am limited due to the allergies, (no citrus, avocadoes, raw tomatoes, kiwis) but I have a lot of room to be creative with food and I love to do that! For now I’ll have to just subject my poor boyfriend to all my creations! 🙂

Daquan on

I bet that kid like hot dogs and pickles and bananas and Popsicles and zucchini and cucumbers and pretty much anything he can stick up his ass

myuntidydesk on

It is great that they eat so well but yeesh… give them PB&J once in a while!

Ella on

It;s great to see this family, how the kids are growing up in what seems like a healthy, loving and fun home. While what’s on the menu for this bunch is not exactly my cup of tea, I applaud David and Neil for encouraging their kids to eat ‘normal’ food rather than the ‘kid meals’ which are usually a nutrition disaster in disguise.

To the homophobic poster – you’re a dinosaur. Homophobia is slowly bus surely dying out. Enjoy the rest of your ride while it lasts.

Sue – Kids in many parts of the world eat seafood from a very young age. Same with peanuts. North America seems to be particularly prone to certain allergies/food sensitivities, much more than other continents. Not sure why. Seafood seems to be safe for these two kiddies! 🙂

Suze on

I love this family so much and just can’t get enough of them. I love the fact that Neil is now taking a step back and doing most of the parenting to let David do his play, after having been so high profile for the past few years while David picked up the slack at home. Great couple, great kids, amazing family.