A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cooking techniques, unfamiliar ingredients, and dishes from various cultural backgrounds are explained in an easy-to-understand way.
Positive messages around celebrating chefs with different professional and cultural backgrounds. Chefs talk about doing their best and trying hard despite challenges.
Positive Role Models
Contestants, especially those without professional backgrounds, have positive attitudes about trying something new even if it's hard. They're good sports, although they do use some competitive tactics to try to win.
Chef contestants include people from an array of racial backgrounds, and they talk about their cultural heritage and how it influences their food. Since the chefs have secret identities on the show, there is some discussion of cooking counter-stereotypical cultural food to throw off their competitors. There's a balance of female and male chefs and some body-size diversity.
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Frequent mild language like "hell," "damn," "oh my God," "sucks," "pisses me off," "Jesus" (as exclamation), and "bastard." Lots of cursing-adjacent words like "friggin'" and bleeped-out strong language where it's pretty clear what they're saying.
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Products & Purchases
Show sponsor is repeatedly mentioned, some visible logos in kitchen scenes. Contestants frequently talk about how winning the $100,000 prize would affect their lives.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Secret Chef is a cooking competition show produced by celebrity chef David Chang and the team behind Nailed It and Chang's show Ugly Delicious. There's mild language throughout ("hell," "damn," "oh my God," "sucks," etc.), plus stronger words that are bleeped but pretty easy to guess. The show's sponsor is prominently featured, and the contestants frequently talk about the $100,000 prize. Parents of foodie kids will appreciate all of the culinary education offered and the lack of aggressive competitors or reality show drama.
Is It Any Good?
Tween and teen foodies will love this entertaining cooking competition show. Secret Chef has the same lighthearted attitude as Nailed It, but it features contestants with actual culinary talent. With David Chang as the executive producer, it will come as no surprise that the show doesn't take itself too seriously but still showcases delicious food. Kids will love the silly challenges, wacky animated host Chefy, and engaging contestant personalities. Grown-ups will love how the show explains culinary terms so that aspiring kid chefs may learn a thing or two. Secret Chef is a delicious bite of television perfect for families to watch together.
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