Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Charming cooking show keeps things simple and practical.

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Positive Messages

Chef Jamie's cooking is geared toward being creative and successful with whatever you have on hand.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jamie Oliver is a talented chef who is encouraging and thoughtful about his audience. 


Chef Jamie does show canned goods and other grocery items, but no brands are mentioned.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On is an instructional cooking show that focuses on quick and healthy family meals that can be completed by home cooks of varying skill levels. Host Jamie Oliver is a British chef and TV personality. Keep Cooking and Carry On is geared toward families stuck at home during the COVID-19 shutdown, and its intention is to give families ideas for easy meals to make out of what can commonly be found in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. He focuses on meals that can be made in a variety of ways, so if a particular ingredient isn't available, an equally tasty alternative can easily be found without leaving the house. It's a show meant to help families quarantining during COVID-19, but it also provides an accessible introduction to cooking fundamentals, as well as how to think about making food that is creative, healthy, and practical.

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What's the story?

With JAMIE: KEEP COOKING AND CARRY ON, Chef Jamie Oliver puts together a straightforward home cooking show directed toward families stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. He takes ingredients that can be found in an average household's fridge, freezer, or pantry, and uses them to make delicious meals, with a special focus on simplicity and flexibility. No matter your cooking ability or interest level, Jamie helps make cooking feel accessible and and easy to pull off. 

Is it any good?

Even in this age of information, it can be difficult to learn how to do simple things. Thousands of guitar instructors can be found online, but try finding someone who can teach you how to do laundry properly. What makes Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On so great is that he keeps things simple and accessible, which is rarer than it seems. Many TV chefs put flourishes on their food that can be difficult to replicate at home, but Chef Jamie seems truly invested in getting families through mealtimes in a way that is fun, quick, and stress-free. Over time, he provides viewers with cooking fundamentals that can come in handy for years to come.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about meals. What types of meals does your family have? How often do you cook at home? How often do you cook together? Have those habits changed at all over time?

  • Do you like cooking? Does Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On inspire you to cook? Why or why not?

  • Does Chef Jamie use any ingredients in surprising ways? Did he cook anything you'd like to eat? Did he cook anything you'd like to make?

  • Enjoying a Device-Free Dinner as a family is a wonderful way to connect and catch up. How does setting your devices aside change your mealtimes? 

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