A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers can learn creative ways to concoct meals with regular household ingredients. There's potential for learning about nutrition, special diets, and culinary techniques.
Though set up as an Iron Chef-style cooking competition, Fridge Wars actually aims to help improve families' diets using common ingredients.
Positive Role Models
Attempts to showcase gender and racial diversity among its chef competitors and featured families. The contestants are skilled chefs that can inspire or motivate culinary-minded viewers.
Violence & Scariness
Though a competition show, it's very mild and family-friendly.
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Products & Purchases
Though a wide variety of food products are used, the show avoids any brand names.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fridge Wars is a cooking competition show where ingredients are taken from families' fridges. Two professional chefs compete each episode to see who can make the best meal for a chosen family while only using ingredients taken from the families' own fridges. The chefs usually attempt to make food that fits the family's lifestyle and improves their diet. There is no iffy content, and it's a good choice for families who are into cooking shows.
Is It Any Good?
Even with the abundance of cooking competition shows streaming now, Iron Chef is the gold standard. Fridge Wars smartly takes the Iron Chef format by having the chefs cook for families, taking their lifestyle and diet into account. The only thing missing is practical tips along the way that viewers could incorporate into their own cooking routines, though the Fridge Wars webpage does provide recipes and other helpful articles to help families up the ante in their own kitchens.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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