A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Uses the art of barbeque to tell larger stories about how culture and knowledge are passed down through generations.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
The cooking of whole animals, especially pigs, might be unsettling for some.
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Mild profanity includes "s--t" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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