A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The signature dish portion demonstrates the ingredients and methods used to make traditional dishes from all over the world.
Bobby says,"To be perfectly frank, I'm always nervous. But I never leave anything on the table." and, "I love competing against people with great skills because it makes me push myself as well."
Positive Role Models
Every chef on the show is striving to be the best they can be. The competitive vibe is friendly and both Bobby and the contestants are gracious winners and gracious losers. A lot of the competitors talk about how important it is to them to set a good example for their kids and some talk about things they've had to overcome to be a great chef.
Contestants and judges have a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities. Bobby Flay and the two judges from the first several seasons are white.
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Joking insults and challenges, "smack talk". Very occasional bleeped out words like "ass," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the background stories of the competitors reference struggling with and overcoming addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beat Bobby Flay is a cooking competition show pitting elite chefs against Bobby Flay. Every chef on the show is striving to be the best they can be and both Bobby and the contestants are gracious when they win as well as when they lose. There's occasional joking insults and "smack talk." Very infrequently words like "ass" are used and bleeped out. Some of the competitors' background stories reference struggling with, and overcoming, addiction to drugs or alcohol. The signature dish portion of the show demonstrates the ingredients and methods used to make traditional dishes from all over the world.
Is It Any Good?
Attempting to go beyond the status quo, this was the first cooking competition show to repeatedly pit top-level chefs directly against one of the biggest culinary celebrities around. And, as you might expect, that means every episode of Beat Bobby Flay has a whole lot of talk about just how great Bobby is -- almost an exhausting amount of it. The saving grace, though, is the food, especially in the "signature dish" round. The dishes are not only mouth-watering but also teach viewers a lot about traditional meals from around the world. In later seasons, the addition of famous guest judges just adds to the fun. And, in case you're wondering, Bobby Flay does sometimes get beat -- about a third of the time, actually.
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