Parents' Guide to

30 Minute Meals

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ubiquitous Ray teaches basics. OK for young chefs.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Super annoying

This new version of 30 minute meals is terrible. Rachael Ray always seems angry and condescending. She treats the audience as if they are stupid.
age 18+


im at my friends house most of the time cause my parents arent home and me and her just throw the food away its sooooo nasty we try a few bites and then we throw it away my friends mom doesnt know we do that but she makes it all the time and so we throw it away cause its nasty i also hate rachel rays show its borinnggggggg

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Although Ray sometimes says things like "And if you screw up..." or "Make this on date night and watch out," overall her vocabulary is relatively tame. Her energy level is contagious to kids, and her basic instructions may encourage younger viewers to want to help in the kitchen and/or eat more adventuresome meals.

She's been called a "bobble head" by famed chef and critic Anthony Bourdain, and Ray's perky style of performing while teaching cooking is a big turn-off to many. She also has her own vocabulary, which kids may need translated: "EVOO" (extra virgin olive oil), "figure-friendly food," "sammy" (sandwich), "stoup" (soup/stew), and others. But while Ray may be annoyingly perky and too conspicuous as a brand to win skeptical parents over, she clearly enjoys what she does and may give kids some fun insight into cooking. And who knows? You might get a home-cooked meal to boot.

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