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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 Delicacies Destiny is a Chinese period romance drama following a confident chef making her way to the Royal Palace. Themes of gender roles, sexism, perseverance, teamwork, and empathy are explored. People are punished, often with threats of physical violence; expect to see kicking and slapping. Mentions of love, romance, dating, crushes, etc. are part of the narrative. Some characters pursue their love interests in a pushy way (characters are literally pushed away by their love interests, but they continue trying to advance). Sexism and gender roles are questioned by few and challenged by even fewer.
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What's the Story?
DELICACIES DESTINY follows Ling Xiaoxiao (He Rui Xian), who's a talented chef, and she knows it. When she tricks her way out of a small restaurant contract, she heads to the Royal Palace to become the chef for Crown Prince Zhu Shou Kui (Wang Xing Yue). But Xiaoxiao discovers he's volatile and unpredictable, much like his tastebuds and the staff in his kitchen. Can Xiaoxiao cook her way through the egos, chaos, and confusion of royalty?
Is It Any Good?
This series blends decadent foods with drama and a dash of romance. Delicacies Destiny is fresh and fun, especially for a foodie. He Rui Xian portrays the cunning and confident Ling Xiaoxiao very convincingly. The emphasis on confidence, community, empathy, and challenging status/gender stereotypes opens doors for thoughtful conversations with tweens and teens. There's no shortage of intense cooking/eating scenes, so don't watch while hungry.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
How are gender stereotypes portrayed in the world of Delicacies Destiny? What obstacles does Ling Xiaoxiao face due to this? How do you feel about her goals? Do you see these stereotypes in the world today?
How do characters demonstrate perseverance? Why is this an important character trait?
How do characters demonstrate empathy? Why is this an important character trait?
- Premiere date: February 19, 2023
- Cast: He Rui Xian, Wang Xing Yue, Pan Bin Long, Zang Hong Na
- Network: Disney+
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- Character Strengths: Empathy, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 10, 2023
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