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Parents' Guide to

Best New Restaurant

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Restaurants work hard to triumph in reality competition.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2015
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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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