Kids Baking Championship

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Kids Baking Championship TV Poster Image
Friendly foodie contest is fun for the whole family.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

We think this TV show stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Viewers observe the basic process of baking and learn how the tweens experiment with ingredients and techniques to invent new desserts.

Positive Messages

Talented tweens engage in a friendly baking competition that's devoid of any bickering or bad blood. They're courteous as they share work space and tools and handle both defeat and victory gracefully, though there are some tears as those who didn't make the cut leave the show. Skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and grace under pressure are rewarded. Both boys and girls take part in the contest.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These tweens are impressive in the kitchen and in their desire to succeed. They take criticism well and always look to improve their craft. Duff and Valerie are excellent in their dual roles of mentor and judge; they offer honest feedback that's always tempered with positive reinforcement. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Both Duff and Valerie have food-related products and projects that receive mention during the show, as does Food Network Magazine. Many of the participants also have baking businesses they talk about on the show. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids Baking Championship is a cooking competition that challenges eight tweens to a series of challenges in the kitchen, putting their creativity, determination, and ability to handle pressure situations to the test. What stands out about this competition is its cordiality; the contestants are polite to each other, the judges are encouraging even in their criticism, and the kids handle every circumstance with a positive attitude. There are some tears in defeat, but even those who are eliminated keep the value of the experience in perspective. This is a great show to watch with your kids, even if baking's not their thing, as it centers on accomplished tweens working hard to fulfill their dreams. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySuzanM March 12, 2019

Terrible Judging.

The boy from Canada surpassed Paige on challenges Repeatedly over and over again. She even called him an overachiever herself The results as a WHOLE should be... Continue reading
Adult Written byFairplay52 January 6, 2020

Fair play please

I have watched several seasons and may or may have agreed with some of the decisions on which child was sent home. Tonight's season opener was full of fun... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKKHOlove February 19, 2021
Kid, 9 years old May 17, 2020

What's the story?

Eight of the country's most talented young bakers match wits in the kitchen in KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. In each episode, the tweens, who range in age from 10 to 13, put their desserts to the test as they go head to head in a series of challenges designed to test their baking skills as well as their ability to work under the pressure of time constraints. Hosts Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli are on hand to offer feedback before judging the kids' concoctions and eliminating those who fell short each week. The winner receives a prize package including a feature in Food Network Magazine, a new set of bakeware, and $10,000. 

Is it any good?

These impressive tweens could put many would-be bakers to shame with their mastery of technique and imaginative creations. It's truly inspirational to watch them at work because they love what they do and they're always looking to improve. Many of them already are accomplished entrepreneurs, so it's easy to imagine all will have future success in the field, regardless of the contest's outcome.

As reality contests go, Kids Baking Championship is about as family-friendly as it gets. The young participants want to win, but there's nothing cutthroat about the process, which is a refreshing change of pace if you're watching with kids. They share supplies and even offer occasional help to each other (reminding another baker that his cake timer went off, for instance) in the common work space, giving the contest more of an air of cooperation than of competition. And with Duff and Valerie making sure they give both professional criticism and positive feedback, even eliminated contenders leave feeling good about their work. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what these contestants hope to accomplish by participating in Kids Baking Championship. How might they feel if they don't win? Alternately, how would winning change their lives, given their young age? 

  • Kids: When you've created something, is it difficult to accept a criticism of your work? How does doing so make you feel? How does it influence your future efforts? How does it feel to do something well? 

  • This show is a great way to inspire an interest in the culinary arts in your kids. You can follow up by picking out a recipe to try in the kitchen together. Talk about what it's like to create something delicious from simple ingredients. Why is it important to know where you food comes from? 

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love cooking

Character Strengths

Find more TV shows that help kids build character.

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate