A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The messages here are decidedly mixed. The featured food items are usually over the top, both in size and in cost (for example, a Philly cheese steak made with Kobe beef and black truffles for $100) -- suggesting that good food means big or pricey. On the other hand, the show celebrates the pleasure of eating and preparing good food, plus the thrill of finding special restaurants and local folks who are keeping traditions alive or innovating.
Positive Role Models
The featured cooks and chefs are hard-working, creative people who are passionate about their products.
The occasional "ass" (it's the name of a featured menu item in one episode), and a rare, well-pixelated bleep.
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Products & Purchases
Specific regional restaurants and eating venues are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes in bars and wine served with various dishes, but no one is drinking to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that much of the food on this docu-style show is high-calorie and high-fat and is celebrated for the size of the serving. Calories and grams of fat are mentioned only once in the sandwich episode, with the rejoinder, "But who's counting?" At the same time, the cooks and restaurateurs features on the show are hard-working creative professionals who are either keeping traditions alive, or creating new ones.
Is It Any Good?
Size and excess seem to be the determining factors of whether something is the best or not, rather than taste -- although many folks do talk about how good the food tastes. It's kind of fun to see how crazy folks can get with a simple hamburger, and the show moves along quickly.
Other than appreciating the history or creativity behind the individual dishes, the show offers little other than a chance to be tantalized and watch others eat.
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