A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does introduce young viewers especially to basic cooking concepts through the contestants’ work.
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
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.
Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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