A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's overall message is that with some instruction and education, it's possible to become a good cook. And even though the "ambush" at the beginning of the show can seem a little harsh, it does encourage the concept of being honest even when it's not easy. Traditional gender roles are somewhat reinforced -- most of the featured cooks are women.
Positive Role Models
Besh and the cooks are excellent role models. Besh tries to be as kind as possible when letting featured cooks know that their signature dishes are actually really horrible. And the cooks react kindly and take the instruction to heart. They seem very willing to learn.
Rare occurences of bleeped language -- in one case, for example, the cook referred to her dish as "s--t"; the word was pixelated and bleeped, but you could still tell from the context what was said.
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Products & Purchases
Given that Chef Besh must teach his cooks about various ingredients, occasional specific products may show up.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking of wine and/or beer in the context of meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cooking-themed reality show is mostly mild and lighthearted, though there's an ambush at the beginning of each episode in which the featured "bad" cook finds out that family and friends have been lying to them about the quality of their cuisine. And while host/professional chef John Besh does encourage several folks to cut back on the fats, not everything he cooks is truly healthy -- although it's generally healthier than what the featured cooks are preparing. Expect a bit of social drinking and very rare bleeped language.
Is It Any Good?
While Besh is as kind as he can be about letting each cook know that his or her cooking is really bad, the show's ambush aspect is a little bit paranoia inducing ("Gee, if her family is lying about her cooking, is my family lying to me?") But other than that, Besh's instruction is sound and mostly entertaining. He emphasizes fresh foods cooked properly; not all of his cooking is low-fat, per se, but he definitely points out opportunities for cooks to be healthier. The best part, though, is that Besh really encourages passion and good taste.
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