A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers see two celebrated bakers vying for bragging rights in a series of kitchen challenges. The fact that both are men challenges gender stereotypes about bakers versus chefs. They exchange some mild trash talk as they face off in the same workspace, but overall the competition is friendly.
Positive Role Models
Buddy and Duff excel in their craft, demonstrating skill, creativity, and a willingness to push boundaries in a good way. Each has a noticeable ego, but generally theirs is a polite battle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Buddy vs. Duff is a baking challenge show in which Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman vie for bragging rights in a series of kitchen contests. In each of the six episodes, the two contestants are given a baking challenge and a cake decorating challenge, both to be judged by expert chefs. The competition is mostly friendly, but the opponents do engage in some mild trash talk between them, poking fun at each other and talking up their own abilities. This series produces some impressive baked arts and lets viewers glimpse some of the pros' tips and tricks in the kitchen.
Is It Any Good?
The most remarkable aspects of this series are the two boisterous contestants' egos, which help sustain the rivalry that keeps things interesting in an otherwise formulaic kitchen competition. Their good-natured verbal jousting doesn't overwhelm the baking content, but the guys genuinely enjoy talking up their abilities both to each other and in front of the camera.
Foodies -- and Buddy and/or Duff fans -- will be most enthralled with this competition, and even the lay viewer can appreciate the skill and vision that goes into the impressive creations. Ultimately, though, Buddy vs. Duff struggles to separate itself from the many other kitchen contests on the air and only entertains in small doses.
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