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Family Food Showdown
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 Showdown is a cooking-based game show where two families compete for money. Episodes are themed around the families that are featured (e.g., moms) or the types of cuisines that are cooked (e.g., Italian). The challenges are simple, and the contestants often have professional backgrounds, so everyone comes off well. The show does focus specifically on family dynamics and drama, though they keep it light.
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What's the story?
Each week on FAMILY FOOD SHOWDOWN, two three-person families face off in a series of cooking challenges to win $10,000. Families are given several simple prompts (a favorite childhood meal, for example) and are given a limited amount of time to cook. Meals are then presented to a panel of judges, and the team with the better food wins. Valerie Bertinelli hosts.
Is it any good?
The most interesting thing about this fun, simple cooking show is its focus on family dynamics, and how working together under pressure can change them. Sometimes the ideas can feel a little antiquated -- the episode about moms, for example, repeatedly focuses on "who is the boss of the kitchen" -- but Family Food Showdown generally keeps the drama light and shows families succeeding together despite occasional in-fighting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cooking together. How do the contestants on Family Food Showdown work in the kitchen? What does it mean to work together on a task like this?
Did the families cook any foods you've never seen before? What are they? Do you like to try new foods or do you prefer old favorites?
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