A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The virtues of hard work, dedication, and pleasing customers are praised.
Positive Role Models
Many, if not most, contestants got where they are through years of work and are very proud of their jobs. Teens and tweens could find worse role models than these hard-working chefs, waiters, managers, and other food pros.
Violence & Scariness
Cuts and burns are always a possibility in the kitchen.
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Contestants frequently curse under pressure. "F--k" is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Restaurant names and logos are flashed on-screen. Final showdown takes place in Tom Colicchio's restaurant and gets an article in a food magazine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Diners drink wine with diner; alcohol is an ingredient in dishes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Best New Restaurant is a competition show that puts restaurants through stress tests to see which performs best. Contestants under pressure, which include restaurant owners, wait staff, and chefs, sometimes break down and curse at each other but for the most part act professionally. Expect to see alcohol consumed with meals and as an ingredient in dishes, but no one acts drunk. Hosts and contestants plug their restaurants (but that's kind of the point). Watching contestants react under stress could be hard for very young or sensitive viewers, but overall, this is a another fun peek into behind-the-scenes restaurant action.
Is It Any Good?
In marked contrast to the show for which Colicchio is best known (Top Chef), Best New Restaurant keeps the focus on food and service, not conflict among the contestants. Turns out it's quite a pleasure watching talented professionals working hard. They're under stress but not given tasks that seem impossible (looking at you, Project Runway). At all times, the importance of making guests happy and of upholding professional standards is stressed. Who knew chefs were supposed to taste each dish before it goes out of the kitchen? Colicchio and the makers of Best New Restaurant knew -- and now you do too.
The moderate-tension environment also means that chefs snap at each other or servers only infrequently and pretty mildly. Thus this show is fine to watch with teens, tweens, and even interested grade schoolers. The only problem? Watching may make you hungry.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.