A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Problem-solving, self-improvement, and creative risk-taking.
Positive Role Models
Cheftestants show resilience, adaptability, and ingenuity.
Contestants and judges are diverse in ethnicities and backgrounds; in addition, the series features a chef who's deaf -- disability representation being a rarity for cooking competition shows.
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Occasional profanity includes "s--t," "damn," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Doubles as PR for The Langham, a hotel where it takes place, as well as for the restaurants the judges and contestants are involved with.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Chefs are occasionally seen cooking with or serving alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Five Star Chef is a British cooking competition show where the winner gets the opportunity to open a restaurant in London's Langham hotel. The series' focus is on what elevates a restaurant to five stars, and includes contestants' marketability as part of the competition.
Is It Any Good?
The abundance of cooking competition shows means each new series needs something to set it apart; this show attempts to solve this problem by including presentation as part of the competition. The Five Star Chef judges openly consider chefs' visual sense, concepts, and even charisma as part of the evaluation process. But overly visualized meals can sometimes seem gimmicky, and it's always hard to convey how great food tastes to viewers who can't smell or taste it. At the end of the day, cooking competition series are personality-driven, and these chefs are presenting heavily manicured versions of themselves, which may be perfect for fine dining but is less satisfying for entertainment.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.