Parents' Guide to


By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Ramsay brings usual edge to amateur cooking competition.

TV Fox Reality TV 2010
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age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 6+


This show has gone downhill since season 6. It was clearly rigged to make Claudia win.
age 18+

Greg Wallace

What a pleasure to watch this programme without Greg Wallace. The failed greengrocer should be taken off all tv.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The series, which is already popular in countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, and Hungary, features lots of the high-intensity food preparation excitement that's part of the fun in shows like Top Chef and Ultimate Cake Off. But unlike those shows, MasterChef features people who are doctors, software designers, and stay-at-home parents first and chefs second. While it's inspiring to watch, many of these cooks lack the finesse usually showcased in food preparation shows. They're also unprepared for the kind of harsh criticism that the judges, especially Ramsay, have to offer, which leads to a lot of crying and other unprofessional reactions.

People who like cooking competitions will be drawn to the show, and foodies will be enjoy the chance to see how novice cooks can learn some tricks of the trade. But the salty language and Ramsey's unique motivation style aren't particularly constructive. The series serves up some good entertainment, but it's a dish best left for older kids.

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