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Last Restaurant Standing

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Business competition is honest, but lacks flavor.

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The series serves up a contrived but honest glimpse into the kind of detailed work that goes into a business where money, commitment, and, above all, reputation is everything. As a result, it lacks some spice -- watching the inexperienced couples struggle over the mundane work necessary to keep their eating establishments afloat isn't exactly edge-of-your-seat TV. And the judges' table isn't that exciting, either, as Blanc's comments about the contestants' restaurateur skills come off sounding more preachy than helpful. Even the moments of higher emotion -- when the frustrated pairs lose their cool with clients, bicker with each other, or shed tears of frustration -- feel more awkward than dishy.

Though under seasoned, Last Restaurant Standing illustrates how it takes more than just being a good cook or enjoying good food to run a profitable restaurant. It may not have a lot to offer young kids, but teens and adults interested in food or the restaurant biz may like the actual reality on this reality show's menu.

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