Chopped Next Gen
By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Gen Z cooking competition has diverse cast, blood, swearing.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about working hard and finding creative solutions to problems.
Positive Role Models
A racially diverse selection of chefs and judges. The chefs specialize in a wide range of cuisines and talk about foods from different regions and cultures.
Violence & Scariness
The chefs use knives and other potentially dangerous utensils and tools. Sometimes chefs get cut or otherwise injured and blood is shown.
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"Damn" and "hell" are heard; other profanity is rare and bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Sometimes a chef's restaurant is shown and talked about.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is sometimes used, tasted, and served as part of a dish. No drugs or smoking are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chopped Next Gen is a cooking competition show and a spin-off of the popular Chopped; popular YouTuber Liza Koshy hosts. Chefs compete by creating dishes using strange, funny, or exotic ingredients, and a panel of judges discusses whether the dishes are successful. Chopped Next Gen focuses on up-and-coming chefs who use cutting-edge techniques and make innovative cuisine. The series brings in a diverse selection of contestants, who use ingredients and techniques from a wide variety of regions and cultures. Sometimes chefs get cut or otherwise injured and blood is shown. "Damn" and "hell" are heard; other profanity is rare and bleeped out. Positive messages include working hard and finding creative solutions to problems.
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Chopped Next Gen
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Makes you miss the original chopped.
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What's the Story?
On each episode of CHOPPED NEXT GEN, four up-and-coming chefs compete to win $10,000. Each of the competitors has been chosen for their innovative or forward-thinking cooking. The competition consists of three rounds: an appetizer, entree, and dessert, each of which need to be made using four surprise ingredients, which could be anything from radishes to cotton candy pickles. A panel of guest judges decides which of the dishes are most and least successful, and one chef is eliminated from the competion after each round until one winner is left standing.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about innovation. Why is the show called "Next Gen"? How does it highlight innovation or forward-thinking? What are some examples of "next gen" food on the show?
Who were you rooting for? Why? What made that chef's cuisine unique and interesting? How did they do in the competition? Why did they succeed or not succeed?
What obstacles came up for the contestants during the competition? How did they deal with them? Which chefs were successful despite things going wrong? What can you learn from them?
- Premiere date: May 25, 2021
- Cast: Liza Koshy
- Network: Discovery+
- Genre: Game Shows
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: July 2, 2022
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