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Eat, Drink, Love
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 Eat, Drink, Love contains all the expected adult-oriented content of a Bravo reality drama, including lots of catty behavior, drinking and drunken behavior, cursing, and strong sexual innuendo. It also features lots of Los Angeles restaurants, occasional well-known chefs (including former Top Chef contestants). Apple products are frequently visible. Older teens might be drawn to it, but there isn't much here for kids.
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What's the story?
EAT, DRINK, LOVE is a reality series featuring a group of women trying to reach the top of the male-dominated Los Angeles food scene. It stars food blogger Kat Odell, the editor of Eater Los Angeles, culinary publicist Brenda Urban, restaurant marketing director Jessica Miller, pastry chef Waylynn Lucas, and Nina Clemente, an up-and-coming chef struggling to make a name for herself. In-between food tastings and running eateries, the female foodies try to find the right men to date while keeping their friendships going. They don't always get along, but thanks to the competitive food and restaurant business, they have to find a way to stick together if they are going to succeed.
Is it any good?
Eat, Drink, Love offers a highly stylized look at the various ways that women are making a name for themselves in the Los Angeles food world. But while there are some brief comments about what makes a good restaurant or what constitutes a good meal, most of the show's focus is on the women's past and present romantic affiliations. The influence these personal connections has on their careers is also highlighted.
Not surprisingly, Eat, Drink, Love contains a fair share of catty behavior and relationship drama as each woman attempts to build and maintain their personal sense of status or self-ordained authority in the industry. Adding to the show's flair are appearances of known restaurateurs and former Top Chef contestants. Reality fans may find these voyeuristic moments entertaining, but foodies won't find much to sink their teeth into here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to succeed in the food industry. Is it just about being a great cook? What kind of training do you need to run a restaurant? How do food critics become authorities about what food is good and not good? Do you think that food and restaurant-themed TV programs show what it's really like to work in the business?
Why is the food and restaurant business perceived as male-dominated industry? If patriarchal values describe women as the ones who cook at home, why are there more men than women working as professional chefs?