A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Possible to learn about cooking techniques, ingredients, and global dishes.
Some positive messages around being competitive while still having good moral judgment, but also many examples of the opposite.
Positive Role Models
Every chef is a great example of someone who worked hard to be successful and achieve a high skill level. However, some of the chefs are not very nice people, and some who start off nice display some negative behaviors under the pressure of the competition.
Cast is diverse across racial, cultural, gender, and geographic backgrounds. Cast discusses their cultural backgrounds and how that contributes to the food they cook. Female chefs talk about how they had to overcome discrimination to be successful in a male-dominated field; they are also treated respectfully by the male chefs on the show.
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Violence & Scariness
Some mean cast members and verbal hostility between chefs when there are high stakes in the competition. Also, a few fleeting moments when chefs kill live lobsters before cooking them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infrequent innuendo, brief scenes where cast members are in somewhat revealing pajamas where no sensitive body parts are shown.
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Moderate profanity used frequently (including "piss off," "Jesus Christ," "ass," "hell," "damn," "s--t"), no F-bombs. Chefs use some verbal hostility during tense competition moments, saying things like "shut up" or insulting each other.
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Products & Purchases
Some depictions of cooking-related brands with visible mentions or mentioned verbally. Chefs frequently bring up the $100,000 prize; most bring up using it to expand their business.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Chefs drink alcohol on screen in their "off hours," some references to not drinking responsibly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pressure Cooker is a reality competition cooking show. Chef-testants live in the same house and also vote one person out of the house each episode. As a result, the tensions sometimes run high, including verbal hostility and mean behavior between the chefs. There's a large serving of salty language like "piss off," "Jesus Christ," "ass," "hell," "damn," and "s--t," but no F-bombs. In their off hours, chefs drink alcohol and sometimes have adult conversations that include innuendo. There's product placement throughout, and constant emphasis on the cash prize. The cooking content is fun, but there are more wholesome chef competition shows out there for kid and tween foodies.
Is It Any Good?
This reality cooking show differs from the tried-and-true format where celebrity chefs and experts judge the food of up-and-coming chefs. Pressure Cooker combines the fine dining challenges of Top Chef with the reality TV gamesmanship of The Mole or The Circle. Foodie teens will enjoy both the cooking and the drama. Grown-ups may not appreciate the backstabbing and popularity-contest behavior. Pressure Cooker is entertaining and does showcase some real culinary talent, but families looking for a heartwarming cooking show should order something else from the streaming menu.
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