A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series is promoted as a cooking show, but really focuses on the challenges that come with starting a new catering and event planning business. It contains lots of strong language (the strongest vocab bleeped), lots of bickering, and some occasional sexual references. Parties include lots of alcohol and interesting signature drinks. Occasionally celebs are featured.
What's the story?
CHEF ROBLE is a reality show starring executive Chef Roblé Ali, a.k.a. the "hip hop chef," as he launches his new catering and event-planning company. The upstate New York native, who was professionally trained at the Culinary Institute of America, has quit his job as the executive chef for one of New York City's hottest venues to start his own business. While his sister and business manager Jasmine plans the over-the-top events for New York socialites and celebs, Roblé creates unique menus of high-end food to go along with them. Things usually get pretty crazy, especially when the siblings butt heads. Luckily, they've got a great crew working along side them, including veteran art director Artie, colorful lead server Shawn, and Roblé's good friend and fellow chef, Ché Gravy.
Is it any good?
The series offers a mildly entertaining look at a talented group of people who become completely frazzled as they try to land A-list clients and meet their every self-indulgent need. While there is some discussion of food, its preparation offers little exciting to watch.
Sure, Chef Roblé is a nice guy, but his overall personality is bland compared to most reality show celebs. As a result, it's the last-minute snafus, as well as Jasmine's inability to separate her personal relationship with her brother from her professional role in the company, that really drives the show. Some folks may find it interesting, but the overall show lacks any real flavor.