A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some learning about baking and pastry techniques, but not explained in depth.
Positive messages about being a good sport and helping competitors, as well as practicing a craft to master it.
Positive Role Models
The pastry chefs are extremely talented and aspirational. They also help each other even though the other contestants are their competition.
Host Christina Tosi is a female celebrity chef, which is still somewhat of a rarity. Recurring pastry chef contestants include two female chefs (one a Black woman), a French man, and an Argentine man. Contestants don't talk explicitly about their backgrounds.
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No actual curse words, but cursing-adjacent words like "friggin," "freaking," "dang" and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Lots of visuals of brand names in the kitchen, but they are not mentioned verbally or focused on. The chef contestants do mention the names of their businesses on camera.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bake Squad is a good-natured baking competition reality show hosted by celebrity chef Christina Tosi. The talented contestants are aspirational and kind to one another. There's some slightly iffy language: cursing-adjacent words like "friggin," "dang" and "oh my God." There's also a moderate amount of product placement with brand logos visible in the kitchen. Otherwise, "Bake Squad" is a perfectly sweet choice for whole-family viewing.
Is It Any Good?
Thought it doesn't exactly break the (chocolate) mold when it comes to reality baking shows, kids who love cooking shows will love this one. The Bake Squad desserts are truly amazing -- a giant dragon egg made out of chocolate, a life-sized drum set dessert, and a cake that looks like spaghetti on the inside and outside. There's no fake reality show drama, and the contestants are all really nice to each other. The only bummer is that host Christina Tosi is an incredible role model in real life, but the show doesn't display her skill and knowledge on camera. She's more of a cheerleader or a "fairy bakemother" who sources special elements to help the chefs complete their desserts. Overall, though, Bake Squad is great family-friendly viewing that may inspire some dessert creations in your own kitchen.
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