Parents' Guide to

Marcel's Quantum Kitchen

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Manufactured drama and bleeps abound in this cooking series.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2011
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As Top Chef fans know, Marcel Vigneron has become one of those classic reality TV characters that you either love, hate, or just love to hate. Marcel seems to emphasize the "love to hate" aspects of his personality on MARCEL'S QUANTUM KITCHEN, a show where the crazy cooking techniques and creative party ideas would seem fun and refreshing...if only the guy who knows how to execute them wasn't around.

Whether through editing, intentional behavior, or just natural personality, Marcel comes off as just as obnoxious on his own show as he ever was on Top Chef. The producers seem to stack the deck for some engineered conflict; for example, a woman hired as front-of-house staff also has to prove her ability to create baked apple butter that can be folded into parchment, even though there's no logical reason for a professional catering manager to master such an obscure task. Yet she tries, and it annoys Marcel, and it will probably also annoy the audience, because the reasoning behind that and so many other aspects of the series seems to be solely to manipulate viewers.

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