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Baker's Dozen

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Charming baking competition features compassion, empathy.

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Baker's Dozen is a show that fans of baking competition shows might think have nothing new to offer them. At the outset, the setup of the series is a cross between The Great British Baking Show, Nailed It, and Food Network-style competitions. Pitting chefs against amateur bakers also isn't completely new either. But whereas Food Network used the concept to create high tension, Baker's Dozen gives viewers a softer, more heartfelt message: to quote Ratatouille, "Anyone can cook."

Tamera Mowry-Housley and former presidential chef Bill Yosses exude happiness, kindness and empathy as they gently, but firmly judge 13 bakers to see who will win the golden rolling pin and $5,000 each week. They also help contestants when they feel stressed, such as Yosses telling one contestant who was near tears with worry about the time he panicked while preparing a dessert course at The White House. The contestants are also just as nice, cheering each other on and not negatively judging each other on their skill levels. As one culinary-trained contestant said, it's not the training that gives any person an edge over a skilled hobbyist baker. Even though some contestants might be working chefs, no one feels like they are would the win more than someone else. Overall, Baker's Dozen is a fun way to watch talented bakers make incredible cakes, chocolates and cookies.

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