Chef's Table: BBQ

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Hearty cooking show connects family, food, culture.

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Positive Messages

Uses the art of barbeque to tell larger stories about how culture and knowledge are passed down through generations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Features a diverse collection of chefs from the United States, Mexico, and Australia who have each mastered their crafts through a deeply-felt connection to their cultural roots.


The cooking of whole animals, especially pigs, might be unsettling for some.


Mild profanity includes "s--t" and "damn."


Some episodes of Chef's Table feature product placement. For example, one chef shops for supplies at a chain store. Restaurants and other food services are also featured on the show, though no brand-name food products are shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Patrons are sometimes shown drinking alcohol with their food, and alcohol is sometimes used for cooking. No drug use is shown. The only smoking shown is smoking meat.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chef's Table: BBQ is a spin-off of the popular Chef's Table, which features chefs who are uniquely talented and dedicated to their crafts. This series focuses on what makes barbeque unique, like the use of untamed fire, the connection of food to the local culture, and the cooking knowledge that is often passed down through generations. Each episode digs into a chef's personal history and connects it to the food they make. Chef's Table: BBQ shows many chefs cooking with pork, sometimes the whole pig, which may be unsettling for some viewers. The series also contains some mild profanity ("s--t," "damn") and alcohol use.

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What's the story?

CHEF'S TABLE: BBQ features chefs who have perfected barbecue, the art of smoking meats over a live fire. Each episode tells the story of a uniquely talented chef, and how their relationship with food has brought them success. Often this includes knowledge passed down from generation to generation, as well as a deep connection with the local culture. Chef's Table: BBQ casts a wide net with its subjects, from exploring the regional differences between Texas and Carolina BBQ, to sampling Australian barbie, to experiencing traditional Mayan cooking in Mexico.

Is it any good?

In addition to just being delicious, great barbeque can tell a family's story, or a community's, or a culture's. That makes it a perfect subject for the Chef's Table series, which uses its subjects' personal histories to tell larger stories. Here, food is what connects children to their parents, connects chefs to their communities, or, in one case, connects a woman to an entire culture on the brink of being lost to history. Episodes move slowly and deliberately, but have a cumulative, often touching, effect as Chef's Table: BBQ illustrates just how much history a single plate can contain.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about barbeque. What is it? What makes barbeque unique? Did anything surprise you about the way barbeque is made? How does the barbeque featured on Chef's Table: BBQ compare to barbeque you've eaten?

  • In the episode you watched, where was the chef from? How did local culture affect that chef's cooking? How does the community connect with the food? How did the chef's family influence the way that chef cooked?

  • What is special about the barbeque featured on this series? What are some things the chefs do to add flavor, or techniques that set their dishes apart from others? Are there any dishes you'd like to try? Which ones? 

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