Dishmantled

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Explosive cooking challenge serves up alcohol and cursing.

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Positive Messages

Explores how chefs and foodies can develop a palate that's discerning enough to deconstruct and re-create dishes based on recollection of flavors. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are talented and regularly serve up good food, even if their dishes don't win. Host and guests are funny, and they don't insult contestants. 

Violence

Food is blown up into people's faces and is often replayed in slow motion. No one gets hurt, and contestants wear protective gear.

Sex

Occasional strong sexual references, only some of which will go over the heads of young viewers. 

Language

Profanity includes "hell," "ass," "goddamn." Curses like "s--t" are audible; "f--k" is bleeped.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, tequila, other alcoholic drinks are consumed during cooking portion of the show. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dishmantled, a spin-off of the Chopped cooking franchise, is a competition series that shows food being blown up in contestants' faces, who are blindfolded and wearing protective gear. The chefs then sample the deconstructed dishes and go to the kitchen to try to re-create them. Comedian Tituss Burgess hosts, and guests include celebrity chefs, reality TV stars, and well-known actors. There's some good discussion about ingredients and flavor palates, but there is also drinking, some suggestive sexual references, and cursing ("hell," "ass," "goddamn," and "s--t"). The word "f--k" is bleeped.

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What's the story?

From the producers of Chopped comes DISHMANTLED, a competition series where food is blown up, tasted, and then prepared. Two chefs in protective gear are blindfolded, and then a plate of food explodes in their faces. They then have 30 minutes to taste the splattered food and try to determine what it is and what ingredients were in it. They must also re-create the dish within that time frame. Host Tituss Burgess, along with guests like Top Chef winner Kristin Kish, and celebrities like Queer Eye's Antoni Porowsky, Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy, and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski ​​get to taste what they come up with. The person who uses the highest number of ingredients present in the original dish wins $5,000 cash. 

Is it any good?

This goofy spin-off mixes the elements of a typical cooking competition with the hijinks of a wild game show. Granted, not everyone will appreciate each episode's explosive beginning, and watching the chefs blindly feel their way around a mess of blown up food is a little gross. But Dishmantled also shows how chefs can use their well-developed palates to deconstruct dishes and re-create new ones. Meanwhile, Burgess and the guests create some fun by humorously discussing the ingredients they saw when the food erupted, and critiquing the contestants' interpretation of the original recipes. It's not the most refined of cooking shows, but it does serve up some entertaining moments. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the contestants on Dishmantled determine the ingredients in the dishes they are tasting. How can the chefs tell what spices were used, and how much of each one, just by tasting a bit of it?

  • Is it necessary to feature a lot of swearing in a TV show in order to be entertaining or edgy? Would this series be as interesting or fun without cursing? 

  • How does Dishmantled compare to other cooking shows you've seen?

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