Be Our Chef

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Family fun and copious advertising in themed cooking series.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

The series intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does introduce young viewers especially to basic cooking concepts through the contestants’ work.

Positive Messages

The cooking challenges encourage teamwork among the family members and allow them to play to members’ individual strengths in the kitchen. Each episode includes a game that awards a privilege to the winning team, which may elect to penalize its opponents at a crucial moment in the cooking process, for instance. Even so, there’s generally good sportsmanship among the teams and helpful feedback from the judges.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents and kids work together toward a common goal. They take influence from one another and collaborate on ideas and the process. Judges offer both criticism and praise but always focus on the best aspects of each entry.

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Consumerism

The influence of Disney products and branding is extensive in this series, from cooking challenges inspired by specific movies like Cinderella and Big Hero 6 to clips from those films to repetitive reminders of the Disney Cruise Line vacation grand prize. Contestants visit Disney destinations, meet screen characters, and accumulate themed pins indicating their victories.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Be Our Chef is a cooking competition where families must complete challenges inspired by Disney films and characters. The show is a fun watch for families with young kids, and the contestants demonstrate teamwork and problem-solving skills. The kitchen tasks are simple enough that viewers can use them as inspiration for their own culinary creations as well. That said, commercialism is a concern. Disney excels at branding nearly every aspect of this series, from the Walt Disney Resort setting and frequent prize promos to the movie clips and visits with characters like Cinderella and Baymax that happen throughout. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykimbom1972 June 22, 2020

Expected more

I found it ridiculous that 2 families already had 3 wins, and still had to go through another round. Which allowed the other family that had won 2 wins to get 3... Continue reading
Adult Written bySeanbaussie April 25, 2020

Easy Watching For All Ages

This is a show that pretty much anyone can watch and even enjoy. Short enough to keep even younger Kids' attention, and enough interest for teens and adult... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 17, 2020
Kid, 8 years old May 1, 2020

cool!

I am a big fan of cooking shows. This is one of the coolest shows of ever seen of cooking shows. It has weird stuff like the magic spoon, which I think gives ba... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BE OUR CHEF, families face off in cooking challenges in the hopes of winning a Disney Cruise Line vacation grand prize. Hosted by Angela Kinsey, each episode pits two families against each other in a timed cook-off inspired by a Disney movie or character. Team members also compete for the chance to win an advantage -- such as extra time for themselves or a "time out" for their opponents -- in a Garden Game while the action continues in the kitchen. When time runs out, the teams present their entries to a professional chef who determines the winner. Families accumulate pins representing their wins with the most successful team claiming the grand prize trip.

Is it any good?

This series celebrates teamwork and family cooperation, but it’s also a thorough and exceedingly effective ad for the Disney franchise. Set at the Walt Disney World Resort, it includes scenes of lavish theme park destinations, shows the contestants meeting characters from Disney films, and incorporates clips from movies like Cinderella and Big Hero 6. In other words, it is difficult to forget as you watch that the show is a Disney production.

Even so, there are worse ways to spend family screen time than by watching Be Our Chef. The families cooperate well and must put their heads together to solve the problems that inevitably arise in the kitchen. Creativity and thinking outside the box are rewarded, and overall the show is a good reminder of the value of stretching yourself and trying something new. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the teams in Be Our Chef work together effectively. How do they divide responsibilities in the kitchen? What strengths does each member bring to the group? 

  • Given the same challenge, what dish would you have made for the judges? How would you incorporate the requisite Disney theme? Do you think this themed cooking is a fun way to meal plan?

  • What aspects of this series reflect the Disney brand? Do the prolific references to it distract from the actual focus of the cooking competition, or is it a fun combination? To what degree are we influenced by what we see and hear on the screen? Is that necessarily a bad thing?

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