A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers -- especially young ones -- will pick up some tricks and tips as they watch these young prodigies work.
Even though the show centers on a competition among the young chefs, there's a strong sense of community among the participants, and they applaud each other's successes. The contest forces them to put their knowledge to the test while they manage the pressure of time constraints. Mentors offer positive feedback and critiques to inspire the kids to continue to improve their skills. Perseverance is a major theme. The show breaks with traditional gender roles by including both boy and girl chefs.
Positive Role Models
These young chefs are creative, courageous, and passionate about their hobby, and all demonstrate that they're willing to learn anything to help them improve. There are some tears during stressful moments and at participants' departures, but it's a very friendly competition. Judges don't hold back their criticisms, but they always point to one or two positive aspects of the contestants' work.
Products & Purchases
The show promotes Snapchat's Discover channel, on which fans can find clips from secondary contests in each episode.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Food Network Star Kids is a cooking competition starring kids and tweens who face challenges both in the kitchen and on the screen as they try to demonstrate readiness for their own web series. There are moments of anxiety and stress when plans fall apart or when they fear they're about to be eliminated, but overall the show has very positive themes about rising to the challenge, perseverance, and self-confidence. The competition forces contestants to work independently, but there are moments that show competitors helping each other to meet deadlines. The series promotes its own Snapchat channel, where winning moments from each episode are posted.
Is It Any Good?
Foodies young and old will enjoy this fast-paced show, and its young kitchen crew doesn't disappoint in skill or determination. Though there are moments when it seems as though they're trying to outshine each other in the personality department, their work in the kitchen really is quite remarkable and the culinarily challenged of any age might learn a thing or two.
Even if cooking isn't your kids' hobby of choice, watching these kids work hard at what they love is very inspirational. Beyond braising basics and slicing safety, the stars of Food Network Star Kids have much to teach about determination, coping with pressure, and overcoming disappointment. Their experiences in the kitchen -- both positive and negative -- easily relate to broader life experiences, so families will find a lot to talk about after watching.
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