Parents' Guide to

Top Chef

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Too saucy for a kid's palate.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2006
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Good for any kid old enough to be interested by it.

I believe this show to be fantastic. I also think any problems with behavior are mild. Any serious swearing is bleeped and it lets kids see a different level of social interaction. You do learn about cooking, not step by step but you do learn a lot from watching the show.
age 18+


I think top chef season 8 was a rip-off. The Mike guy that was in the three for the finale cheated on one of the meals. He looked in Richard's book and copied one of his recipes and that's cheating he should have been disqualified for that what a rip-off he wasn't even that good of a cook

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Kids like to cook, but this show skimps on the process, focusing on personalities instead. The whiny, confrontational, self-absorbed contestants' language and behavior aren't age-appropriate for younger viewers, and they never show what it takes to work cooperatively as a team.

Also, some challenges aren't for young eyes. For example, one season had an episode that was all about preparing sexy, erotic food for a fetish ball. And another challenge revolved around cooking monkfish for a group of 10-year-olds; many of the competing chefs threw up their noses at the idea of preparing food for kids. Whose team won? The mom of three.

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