A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The twist of the competition is that chefs get to undermine challengers by making them use silly tools or handicap themselves in some way, though the tone is mostly good-natured.
Positive Role Models
Chefs are often snarky to one another while looking for ways to keep them from cooking well in order to stay in the game. Chefs brag and talk about why they're better than other competitors, but with a playful tone.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing violent, but utensils range from sharp knives to hatchets and blow torches.
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Words like "hell" and "ass" are audible; occasional curses like "f--k" are bleeped with mouths blurred. Utensils like chopsticks are used to recreate rude gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is occasionally used in dishes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cutthroat Kitchen is a cooking competition show featuring chefs purposely sabotaging each other to keep them from winning. It's meant to be fun, but some of their behavior seems more mean than competitive. There's some salty vocab ("ass," "hell"; bleeped curses with mouths blurred), too.
Is It Any Good?
From making the perfect pie to forcing a fellow chef to slice ingredients and wrap burritos in oven mitts, the series offers lots of fast paced cooking entertainment. It also contains some brief discussions of interesting ingredients and taste profiles. The way chefs improvise when key ingredients or utensils are taken away from them is also fascinating to watch.
The challenges definitely produce some interesting results. But while the competition is designed to be fun, occasionally the chefs' behaviors go from being competitive to being just plain mean. Foodies may like it, but the show is more about how far the chefs will go to hinder one another than the dishes they are preparing.
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