A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family teams compete for a cash prize and the title, often drawing on food traditions that emphasize their families' cultures and heritages. As the contest heats up, tempers sometimes do, too, and differences of opinion and cooking styles can be boisterous and combative. In other cases, the chance to compete together brings out the best examples of loyalty and love among the family members, and they revel in sharing the experience. Some mild trash talking goes on among the teams as well. The show invites contestants from diverse backgrounds and family experiences. Both men and women participate in the kitchen activities.
Positive Role Models
Despite some arguing and power struggles in the kitchen, the family members seem to enjoy the opportunity to cook with each other in the competition. The show also gives them the opportunity to share their memories about family meals and celebrations, remembering relatives who have passed and how their influence helped shape their love of cooking traditions. Differences of opinion do happen, but they're usually quickly resolved.
Some cursing as tensions flare in the competition. "Dammit" is audible. Stronger words like "s--t" and "f--k" are edited.
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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.
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.
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