A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Gives insight into what food scientists and professional chefs do and how they create mass-produced snacks. Viewers will also learn about some of the science behind making specific popular snacks.
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Positive Role Models
The contestants are highly complimentary of each other but also believe in themselves and their own abilities. They're also continually making mistakes and overcoming setbacks to achieve their goals.
Chefs of various genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds are represented. The hosts are a White woman and a man of Indian descent. The two judges are an Asian American woman and a White man.
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Products & Purchases
A variety of brand-name snacks are featured to be copied. Part of the challenge is also to come up with the snack and packaging that will be the most compelling to consumers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snack vs. Chef is a cooking competition show in which chefs and food scientists compete to come up with the best snacks around. It gives insight into what food scientists and professional chefs do, as well as how popular snacks are created. Viewers will also learn about some of the science behind making some popular snacks. The first half of each episode highlights different brand name snacks as contestants do their best to copy them.
Is It Any Good?
In this culinary competition, a group of professional chefs compete to create tried-and-true favorites as well as new and innovative snacks. Delving deeper into the food industry than most cooking shows, Snack vs. Chef will inspire kids interested in cooking to learn more about what it takes to be a professional chef, baker, food scientist, or even a food research and development specialist. It also serves up occasional tips and tricks (like how to melt chocolate without burning it) that will help newbies in the kitchen to improve their skills. The lead judge, Helen Park, is also a standout with her no-nonsense and knowledgeable approach adding an extra layer of excitement to the competition.
However, the show does have its drawbacks. The focus on using only common kitchen ingredients to create imitations of popular shelf snacks gives a deceptively wholesome impression of overly processed foods, without addressing the use of chemicals in most packaged snacks. Additionally, the cast is a little bloated and each episode ends just before the next snack is revealed, which may make it hard for kids to turn the series off when TV time is over. Despite these issues, Snack vs. Chef is still an enjoyable watch for the whole family and will inspire kids interested in cooking to learn more about the culinary industry.
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