Parents' Guide to

Cook at All Costs

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Cooking contest encourages math, critical thinking skills.

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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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