A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Introduces viewers to some unusual cooking techniques and ingredients. Also encourages practicing math and budgeting skills.
The show puts emphasis on believing in yourself and on pushing past your comfort zone.
Positive Role Models
Contestants are home cooks challenging themselves to do new, hard things by competing on a national stage with ingredients they may not know very well.
The host is an Asian man. Both contestants and celebrity chef judges are men and women from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cook at All Costs is a culinary competition show featuring home cooks. Throughout the show, contestants bid on ingredients while trying to save as much money as they can. Kids can practice math and critical thinking skills as they make judgments on what contestants should buy and how much they should spend. They'll also be introduced to new cooking techniques and ingredients.
Is It Any Good?
With a genuine and charismatic host and an impressive roster of guest judges, this cooking competition show is a natural standout. And when the first "surprise box" of ingredients is opened to reveal a huge beef heart, it's immediately apparent that Cook at All Costs isn't going to go easy on its amateur chef contestants. Adding to the fun, the set looks like a trendy restaurant sure to have a waitlist, and "the line" -- a huge conveyor belt that moves ingredients and finished dishes between the contestants and mystery judge -- is super sleek. Host Jordan Andino, a celebrity chef in his own right, has a natural on-screen presence and brings a light and joyful energy to each episode. Plus, if home cooks are unfamiliar with what they've been given, he kindly takes pity and teaches them (and viewers at home) about the ingredient in question. Certainly, crazy mystery ingredients are nothing new for cooking shows, but the bidding element is a refreshing twist. It's always a good time to yell at contestants from the couch when you think they're making bad decisions. Plus, kids can practice math and critical thinking skills as they make judgments on what contestants should buy and how much they should spend.
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