Parents' Guide to

Dinner Takes All

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Quirky cooking competition is tasty tween fare.

TV TLC Reality TV 2006
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While foodies will undoubtedly take away a few tricks of the trade, what many viewers will find most fun about Dinner Takes All is the interaction between the host and his or her guests. Thanks to wise casting on the part of the producers, each episode features an eclectic mix of serious gourmands and less-practiced cooks who often flail around the kitchen (in one episode, a contestant shot Pam cooking spray into the broiler -- when it was on).

This makes for some very interesting dinner parties, which can include everything from temporary tattooing as the burgers heat up to after-dinner entertainment in the form of beer and cigars in front of the tube. And all of the contestants look like they're having fun, even if they don't win the money. All in all, Dinner Takes All is a half-hour of mindless (though perhaps hunger-inducing!) fun.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 29, 2006
  • Cast: Cindi Avila
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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