Fridge Wars

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Wholesome food competition aims to improve families' diets.

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Educational Value

Viewers can learn creative ways to concoct meals with regular household ingredients. There's potential for learning about nutrition, special diets, and culinary techniques. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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. 

Sexy Stuff

Though a wide variety of food products are used, the show avoids any brand names.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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What's the story?

In FRIDGE WARS, each week two renowned professional chefs face off to see who can create the best meal using exotic ingredients. The twist here is that the "exotic" ingredients are taken from an ordinary family's fridge, and that family will decide which chef created the better dish. The competition is hosted by Canadian actress and comedian Emma Hunter.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about meals. What does your family usually eat? Who does the cooking? What are some of the meals you eat most often? What are your favorite meals?

  • How often does your family try new meals or dishes? How often do you try preparing ingredients in new ways? What are some of your recent favorite foods that were recently introduced to you? 

  • How do the chefs on Fridge Wars use their ingredients? How do they use food differently than your family does? Did you want to try anything the chefs made? Could you make any of those meals at home? Does Fridge Wars make you think about food and cooking differently?

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For kids who love cooking shows

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