Chef Roble & Co.

Common Sense Media says

Chef series lacks bite; includes a side of salty vocab.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series shows how difficult it can be to start and successfully manage a catering and event planning business. It also highlights the importance of teamwork and professionalism (and the consequences when those are lacking).
 

Positive role models

Roble is a successful young man who has worked hard to get an education and build his career. Some of his catering crew have had run-ins with the law; Roble has hired them in order to mentor them. Many of Roble's clients are extremely self-absorbed.

Violence

Heated arguments between Roble and Jasmine are frequent. Occasionally strong exchanges also take place between different members of the staff.

Sex

Contains some subtle references to sexual acts. Over-the-top parties include women wearing pasties (and other revealing costumes) and shirtless men. One episode involved some exotic dancing, while another featured a sculpture of a topless woman.

Language

Language like "crap" and "ass" and lots of bleeped words like "s--t" and "f--k."

Consumerism

The series serves as a promotional vehicle for Roble's new company. Celebrities like Vanessa Williams are featured. Roble is dating well-known model Ayan. Occasionally high-end venues, like NYC's Avenue, are discussed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcoholic beverages at parties range from crazy signature cocktails to wine, champagne, and lots of hard liquor. Occasional sarcastic references to "being on crack."

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality shows? Do they need to include lots of over-the-top and/or inappropriate behavior to be considered entertaining? Why do you think Roble Ali was chosen for his own show?

TV details

Cast:Ché Gravy, Jasmine Ali, Roblé Ali
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byRaising Good People February 3, 2012
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QUALITY
 

He hates children

Roble says he hates kids and makes fun of them. Do not watch this show.
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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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