Parents' Guide to

Chopped Next Gen

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Gen Z cooking competition has diverse cast, blood, swearing.

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age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Makes you miss the original chopped.

Everything seems rather unauthentic in comparison to the original. Chefs seem more concerned with being a “Relevant personality” rather than a chef that makes great food. Judges come across like they’re nervously doing their job as a judge, rather than just being themselves, like on the original chopped. It seems the plain aspect of chef creativity, is overshadowed by an undertone focus on being “Woke,” from a cultural lens, rather a culinary perspective. But I guess this is the way it is now. Harder to be yourself, when in a day and age, it takes much longer to figure out who you really are.
age 5+


There is no excitement like the original, and it is too scripted. Also, it is set up way easier than the actual chopped kitchen, these chefs have unbelievable stations (way easier), where as the chopped kitchen is small and limited. Love the judges though! It is boring for a cooking competition. I will stick with original.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's always thrilling to watch a chef scramble to make an appetizer using cotton candy pickles, beef tongue, and focaccia; the trouble here is the steady letdown after seeing the mystery ingredients. Any good episode of Chopped Next Gen is dependant on so many things going right: It needs compelling contestants who take risks and make stunning cuisine, which the judges react to in a fun and illuminating way. That just doesn't happen often enough to make Chopped and all its spinoffs anything more than comfort television. Instead it feels like a diminished version of other cooking competitions. It lacks the suspense of Iron Chefs creating ambitious meals in real time, doesn't spend enough time with contestants to really give viewers anyone to root for, and, on Chopped Next Gen specifically, doesn't go deep enough into what is innovative or exciting enough about the cuisine to make it feel truly next gen.

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