A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights cooking and baking as a craft, an art form, and as highly competitive. It also shows that it can be fun, and that eating good food should make you happy.
Positive Role Models
Chefs and sous chefs are all talented and professional. They are also competitive, but manage to remain polite to the hosts and judges while under pressure. Judges are polite and constructive in their feedback.
The cast is men and women who are racially and ethnically diverse. While not discussed on the show, some cast members openly define themselves as LGBTQ+. Food and ingredients from all over the world are featured and briefly discussed.
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Violence & Scariness
Despite terms like "battle" and the use of sharp knives, blow torches, plastic squirt guns, and other devices, the show is not violent. Whole lambs, fish, crab, and other animals are shown being chopped and sliced. Occasionally there's some lighthearted taunting, and some over-the-top martial arts moves, but it's all in good fun.
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Products & Purchases
The restaurants, publications, and awards of featured chefs are briefly shown. Labels for brands like Squirt soft drinks, Pringles potato chips, and other ingredients, are sometimes featured and discussed, and cooking equipment like Calphalon and Irinox are quickly, but consistently visible throughout.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is sometimes shown, and sometimes alcoholic beverages like brandy are used as ingredients.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, a reboot of Iron Chef America, features all of the fun, positive, and high-energy cooking drama the franchise is known for. Contestants use lots of big knives, blow torches, and other equipment, but there's nothing violent. Sometimes ingredient and equipment brands (Pringles, Fritos, Irinox, etc.) are visible or discussed, and the featured chefs' restaurants and cookbooks are also noted. Alcohol is sometimes used as ingredients, and alcoholic beverages are sometimes consumed during and after the competition. There's some occasional humorous taunting and martial arts moves, but it's offered in good fun. Folks sensitive to cooking with meat or fish may find some of the meal preparation a little hard to watch, but the overall show will appeal to cooking fans of all ages.
Is It Any Good?
The fun and energetic reboot features all the fast-moving, competitive kitchen action the series is known for. Fans of the original Iron Chef America will enjoy the return of the show's hosts, former Top Chef contestants, as well as the appearance of recognizable Iron Chefs like Masaharu Morimoto. Celebrity guest judges also add to the fun. But Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend also offers the opportunity for viewers to become more familiar with a new generation of cooking talent. If you like a good food competition, you'll want to tune in.
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