TV chef Simon Rimmer says a big reason for family breakdowns is that so few sit down and eat meals together.

The Something for the Weekend chef said: “I think we’ve lost that whole thing. I think sitting in front of the television eating ready meals and eating fast food is very responsible for a lot of the reasons we don’t communicate and therefore have breakdowns in family.”

Simon agreed with former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis that the decline in family meals was a direct cause of society problems.

Not only that, Simon believes that there are three generations of people who have been brought up without even basic cooking skills, so he applauded initiatives like Jamie’s School Dinners.

The problem was that school children then go home to parents who can’t cook and don’t have access to local supermarkets…

Watch the interview with Simon, who’s currently presenting Simon Rimmer’s Dinners on Saturdays and Sundays on the Good Food Channel (formerly UKTV Food).