A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series presents meal planning and cooking as a rewarding process that facilitates time with family and friends. Thomas takes special care to incorporate local farm products and cultural recipes into her repertoire.
Positive Role Models
Thomas is passionate about making cooking an enjoyable experience for herself and sharing the fruits of her labor with others. She's young and hip and has a good grasp of modern food trends and healthy habits.
Products & Purchases
Pop-ups encourage viewers to visit the show's website for recipes featured on the show. Local farmers and businesses are featured in each segment when Thomas does her shopping.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series takes a broad look at how the culinary arts relate to our everyday lives, and the host's kitchen creations may inspire teens to try their hands at cooking up a meal or two. Her passion for healthy eating will ring true for her teen audience and has good messages about sustainable living. Viewers who want to replicate the dishes she features will need to visit the show's website for the recipe, since she doesn't share it during the show.
Is It Any Good?
This unique series is geared toward teens, and it takes a broader look at food arts than does the traditional cooking show. Each segment centers on the preparation of a particular dish, but Thomas is more of a field trip guide than she is a cooking instructor, taking viewers to farmers' markets and local restaurants to get a sense of where food comes from and how its quality can affect a recipe's success. By relating each dish to a special occasion or to a particular friend or family member, Thomas draws attention to the social aspect of food, which plays a role in cultural heritage as well.
It's clear that the show has given careful consideration to its audience, reflected in its youthful host and its attention to modern trends like supporting local agriculture and using healthy ingredients. The dishes Thomas selects are easily replicated at home, thanks to the recipes she's posted on the show's website, so teens may be inspired to don an apron and try them themselves.
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