House of Food

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Reality cooking competition serves up arguing, language.

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age 13+

MTV's newest reality series blends "The Real World" and "Top Chef."

If House of Food being cancelled is not an indication of the show's lackluster quality, I don't know what is. If you do end up catching up on the first full season of the series online though (which I don't recommend), be prepared to take in spoonfuls of typical, manufactured MTV drama. The show's concept is something that could have worked out if it was done right, but that is simply not the case. For a food competition, it seems that the central focus is too much on the contestant's interpersonal relationships, which would be better fitted for a season of "The Real World." The judges tend to put down the amateur chefs and sometimes offer no constructive criticisms. Since the show emphasizes the in-house drama rather than the actual meat of the series which is supposed to be the cooking aspect of it, petty arguments break out and are often instigated by the cast members themselves. Drinks and objects are thrown, screaming matches ensue, doors are slammed, pranks gone wrong result in confrontation, and so on. A lot of bleeped swear words and middle finger gestures. Additionally, the girls and guys ogle one another, there is a tumoltuous love triangle in the house, flirtation, making out, one sexually charged on-camera moment, and intimate discussion about bedroom practices. There is an episode surrounding one of the male contestant's homosexuality and possible homophobic remarks made by the "villain" of the show, Suki. The cast occasionally spends a night out on the town drinking and getting drunk. One episode sees the cast travelling in a party bus and dancing on a stripper pole. Finally, the judges' restaurants are obnoxiously promoted.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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