Gastro pups! It sounds like gas-inducing hushpuppies, or some sort of pickled British pub food. In fact, the regrettable term appears to have been coined by Rozanne Gold, author of Kids Cook 1-2-3, to describe a new generation of Food Network–inspired kids who are interested in gourmet food, as evidenced by a recent USA Today article on the decidedly-not-new trend.

Kids used to whip up culinary delights in an Easy-Bake Oven or a Snoopy Sno-Cone machine. Today, they’re more likely to pull a quiche out of Mom and Dad’s Viking.

In increasing numbers, children are becoming pint-sized foodies. They pore over cookbooks, gobble up TV’s cooking shows, prepare the family dinner and turn a food-themed animated adventure, the Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille, into a summer blockbuster. They eat at restaurants that never deigned to put together a kids’ menu. They dream of becoming chefs, food critics and restaurant owners. …

‘I call them gastro pups,’ says Rozanne Gold.

“If stupid were a home run, this would be over the train tracks and bouncing on the Mass Pike,” says the reliably witty Gurgling Cod:

This term must be nipped in the bud. In a world where parents like Neal Pollack are free to roam the streets, this is not the kind of thing to be encouraged. May I suggest ‘insufferable twerp’ as a replacement?

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