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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers observe the basic process of baking and learn how the tweens experiment with ingredients and techniques to invent new desserts.
Talented tweens engage in a friendly baking competition that's devoid of any bickering or bad blood. They're courteous as they share work space and tools and handle both defeat and victory gracefully, though there are some tears as those who didn't make the cut leave the show. Skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and grace under pressure are rewarded. Both boys and girls take part in the contest.
Positive Role Models
These tweens are impressive in the kitchen and in their desire to succeed. They take criticism well and always look to improve their craft. Duff and Valerie are excellent in their dual roles of mentor and judge; they offer honest feedback that's always tempered with positive reinforcement.
Products & Purchases
Both Duff and Valerie have food-related products and projects that receive mention during the show, as does Food Network Magazine. Many of the participants also have baking businesses they talk about on the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids Baking Championship is a cooking competition that challenges eight tweens to a series of challenges in the kitchen, putting their creativity, determination, and ability to handle pressure situations to the test. What stands out about this competition is its cordiality; the contestants are polite to each other, the judges are encouraging even in their criticism, and the kids handle every circumstance with a positive attitude. There are some tears in defeat, but even those who are eliminated keep the value of the experience in perspective. This is a great show to watch with your kids, even if baking's not their thing, as it centers on accomplished tweens working hard to fulfill their dreams.
Is It Any Good?
These impressive tweens could put many would-be bakers to shame with their mastery of technique and imaginative creations. It's truly inspirational to watch them at work because they love what they do and they're always looking to improve. Many of them already are accomplished entrepreneurs, so it's easy to imagine all will have future success in the field, regardless of the contest's outcome.
As reality contests go, Kids Baking Championship is about as family-friendly as it gets. The young participants want to win, but there's nothing cutthroat about the process, which is a refreshing change of pace if you're watching with kids. They share supplies and even offer occasional help to each other (reminding another baker that his cake timer went off, for instance) in the common work space, giving the contest more of an air of cooperation than of competition. And with Duff and Valerie making sure they give both professional criticism and positive feedback, even eliminated contenders leave feeling good about their work.
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