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 Family Food Fight is a cooking competition series in which teams of relatives prepare favorite family recipes to impress a professional culinary panel that includes Ayesha Curry, Graham Elliot, and Cat Cora. The show's shtick is relating food and cooking to family traditions and cultures, which it does by including participants with diverse ethnic backgrounds and geographical roots. There's a fair amount of salty language when things heat up in the kitchen or team members disagree on methods (words like "dammit" are audible, while "s--t" and "f--k" are edited out), and they exchange lighthearted jabs at their competitors' expense. On the upside, the show includes both male and female cooks, and it celebrates the idea that the family that cooks together stays together.
What's the story?
In FAMILY FOOD FIGHT, eight teams of family members face off in a series of cooking challenges for the chance to win $100,000. Parents and adult kids, favorite cousins, and sibling trios tie on their aprons and put their heads together to create winning meals in challenges presented and judged by the show's professional foodies Ayesha Curry, Graham Elliot, and Cat Cora. As the contest heats up, these relatives have to keep their cool, work together, and draw on their families' traditions in the kitchen in order to best their stiff competition.
Is it any good?
This show's focus on cooking as a family event generates some good feels, but on the whole, it's not an especially notable addition to the saturated competition cooking show genre. That said, there is some appeal in getting to know the teams and in hearing how cooking and meal traditions have helped shape their memorable family moments. What's more, Family Food Fight's effort to involve different types of family groups of diverse cultural backgrounds is a welcome characteristic as well.
Of course, working in the kitchen with so many cooks has a downside as well, and there are plenty of tense moments in the close quarters of the kitchens on set. While the nagging and bickering typically is short-lived, it does make the show more appropriate for teens and parents rather than younger kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of food-related competition shows like Family Food Fight. What's the draw to them? Do they teach anything tangible about cooking and food preparation? What, if anything, distinguishes this series from others like it that you've watched?
How do competition shows test the players' ability to cope with adversity and to perform under pressure? In what cases do any of the teams display perseverance? How does the cultural diversity of the participant pool contribute to the show's overall intrigue?
In what ways does your family integrate food and cooking into your traditions? How does this reflect your faith or ethnic heritage? Do you enjoy cooking together? What other activities do you do as a family?
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