Food Fighters

Common Sense Media says

Home cooks compete in positive, fun culinary competition.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show centers on a home cook taking on professionals, which sends a powerful message to kids that hard work, experience, and talent can sometimes upend professional credentials.

Positive role models

Contestants are too busy working for us to get to know them on a very personal level, but they're average people who often have heartwarming reasons for wanting the prize money.


Potential for minor cuts or other kitchen injuries.

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Many of the professional contestants on the show have restaurants, TV shows, and books to plug.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol may feature as an ingredient in dishes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Food Fighters is a game show featuring home cooks competing against professional chefs for money. The competition is exciting and interesting and kids will find it easy to relate to the home cooks and their battles. Alcohol may feature as an ingredient in dishes, and kitchens, with their hot surfaces and sharp knives, carry the risk of minor injuries. Otherwise, this is a great choice for whole-family watching, as food-loving family members of any age will thrill to the competition and enjoy watching yummy-looking dishes being made. Very young or sensitive viewers may be upset when contestants don't win, as they often have emotional reasons for wanting to win the money.

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What's the story?

In NBC's zippy, hour-long game show FOOD FIGHTERS, hosted by Adam Richman, one gutsy home cook takes on five pro chefs in each episode. The home cooks come armed with their five best recipes and in each round challenge one chef to make a similar dish. A panel of food-loving non-professionals judge the dishes in blind taste tests. If the majority rules that the amateur's version of the dish is best, he or she wins a cash prize; if the pro chef wins, the amateur gets no cash. Either way, he or she advances to the next round, another dish, and another chef to challenge. If the amateur wins each of five rounds, a cash prize of $100,000 is on the table, not to mention spectacular bragging rights.

Is it any good?


Any mom or dad who spends umpteen hours at the stove cranking out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the family will appreciate the elevation of the home cook on this show. Given that the non-pros are making dishes they've honed over years, they go on the show with a built-in advantage over the chefs. The result? Rounds frequently go to the non-pro contestants, which is both heartwarming and validating to watch. In one episode, a stay-at-home mom vows to use her winnings to finance a trip back to her family home in Guam. When she wins enough cash to get her family of five to Guam and then some, it'd take a tough home viewer not to shed a tear while watching. This game show is a heck of a lot of fun for viewers who like cooking shows or watching an underdog triumph and a great choice for whole-family viewing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how professional chefs are trained. How does one become a professional chef? Can you get the same or similar experience cooking at home?

  • Why would NBC have a show featuring non-professional chefs? Who is being attracted or appealed to?

  • Participants on the show use ingredients that are pre-prepped: washed and chopped. Why, do you suppose? Is it boring watching cooks chop ingredients? Does it take too much time? What does this tell you about how difficult it is to make meals at home?

TV details

Cast:Adam Richman
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-PG

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Educator Written byBigchris September 14, 2014

can only hope that there will be a second season

omg is this a favorite around the house here myself and my siblings ageing 14 to 11 love to watch it has a very good message that the best food is sometimes the things you make yourself in the kitchen every day for the family i highly recommend that you watch this while you wait to watch Americas got talent you are bound to have a good time
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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