Food Network Star Kids

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cooking contestants impress with skill, perseverance.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Viewers -- especially young ones -- will pick up some tricks and tips as they watch these young prodigies work.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The show promotes Snapchat's Discover channel, on which fans can find clips from secondary contests in each episode.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLynn J. September 30, 2016

Could be better

I love the kids and the concept. But feel the kids would be better served by different hosts and better questions and comments directed to them. Great for you... Continue reading
Adult Written byAngieKrahner September 8, 2016


great for kids and little chefs
Kid, 12 years old September 14, 2016

I loved it!

This amazing show, alike to Masterchef Kids, is about young contestants making food while facing challenges including being a fake talk show with the judges. Th... Continue reading

What's the story?

FOOD NETWORK STAR KIDS is a cooking competition that challenges 10 contestants to chop, grill, and plate their way to success: a Food Network web series starring the winner. Foodies Tia Mowry and Donal Skehan mentor the aspiring chefs and judge their work both in the kitchen and in front of the camera. With each new cooking assignment, the contestants must showcase their expertise while racing the clock, all in the hopes of hosting their own cooking show.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ups and downs of competition like the one in Food Network Star Kids. How does working toward a goal bring out the best in you? Are there times when that's better than cooperating with others?

  • Kids: What role do mentors play in your life? Do you find it easy to turn to someone for help when you need it, or do you prefer to go it alone? Have you ever been able to be a role model for someone else?

  • Parents: What hobbies do your kids enjoy? How do you cultivate their interest and help them improve? What goals do they have related to those hobbies?

  • How does Food Network Star Kids promote perseverance? Why is this an important character strength?

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For kids who love cooking

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