A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cooking on High is a competition show where chefs make food using cannabis. There are disclaimers that the marijuana is used for medicinal purposes and, in fact, many of the chefs have experience with using marijuana and food to treat medical conditions. That being said, it's clearly a show about recreational marijuana use: Nearly everyone who appears on-screen is either high or on their way, and nearly all of the conversation centers around getting stoned. For some families, it may open up conversations with older teens about the changing mores regarding marijuana use and its place in society.
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What's the story?
COOKING ON HIGH features two chefs competing for a prize called "The Golden Pot." The chefs are given a broad theme, like breakfast or vegetarian, and are asked to create meals that use a specific strain of marijuana, introduced by "writer, educator, and publisher on all things ganja," Ngaio S. Bealum. While the meals are being made, host Josh Leyva chats with the guest judges (usually comedians) about their experiences with marijuana. Bealum does his best to drop tidbits of information about marijuana, including its history and usage.
Is it any good?
This fun but almost too laid-back competition was obviously made quickly and sloppily: Guest judges are unrecognizable, there's an absence of drama, and the chefs aren't even competing for money or prizes. That being said, there's an extremely low-key charm to its complete lack of ambition. It's as if the producers of Cooking on High aren't even really trying to create a competition, but a chill kickback where a bunch of friendly stoners can chat about their marijuana hobby while they partake in it -- the equivalent of, like, a pottery class, but for weed lovers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marijuana. Does the show teach you anything about the use of marijuana? What does Cooking on High say about American culture in relation to marijuana?
Why are cooking competition shows so popular? Do you think they change the way people cook at home, or see food in general?
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