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Kick Off Cook Off

Fast-paced football food competition fun for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a competition, and there is some mild trash talking and perhaps some cheating, but overall, the show is about having fun in a lighthearted way.

Positive role models

Some of the competitors (including some of the professional football players) really know how to compete with grace and are great examples of how to be confident without being mean. Others, however, make excellent examples of how not to behave.

Not applicable

Occasional comments about football players being "hot" plus some mild innuendo.


Some infrequent language ("ass") plus some bleeped language.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking, as well as alcoholic beverages used in the actual cooking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lighthearted cooking competition mixes in a little language and innuendo, but is overall pretty mild. Some competitors engage in light trash talking, but others are good examples of sportsmanship.

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What's the story?

Football and food -- especially over the top food -- are inextricably linked. So teams of two are set up to cook against each other, but then get surprised when a third team made up of their favorite football stars is added to the mix. Hosted by ESPN's Erin Andrews, there's a Cheferee (Brian Malarkey) to judge the results and keep time, and throw the yellow flag when somebody gets caught cheating.

Is it any good?


It's fast, furious, and a little bit silly. And compared to most cooking competitions out there, it's just plain fun to watch. You're not going to learn a lot about cooking with this show, but you might pick up an idea or two for your own tailgate party. Better yet, you might get your kids thinking about cooking.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how real the competition is. In one episode, a team gets caught cooking some potatoes too soon and a yellow flag is thrown.  Parents can ask their kids if they think that was set up on purpose or not.

  • Does the show make the daily job of cooking too much like a hobby or does it encourage cooking at home?  Parents can ask their kids if they think cooking should be a competitive activity or something for everyone to enjoy.

  • What kind of behavior is rewarded in the show? Who are good examples of sportsmanship and who isn't? What kind of behavior do parents and kids expect in a real-life competition?

TV details

Premiere date:October 1, 2010
Cast:Brian Malarkey
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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