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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch is a cooking show where Gordon Ramsay's youngest daughter, Matilda, cooks for her family at home and as they travel. Her appeal as a role model isn't limited to viewers who enjoy being in the kitchen as well, although they'll get the most benefit from Matilda's kitchen tips, recipes, and encouragement to think outside the box when cooking. Other kids will benefit from seeing a teen embracing her passion, perfecting her craft, and turning it into something marketable, which she does through the blog that she promotes in the show. This family-centered and family-friendly series is a fun watch for kids and parents together and could inspire similar tasty endeavors in their own kitchens.
What's the story?
MATILDA AND THE RAMSAY BUNCH centers on Matilda "Tilly" Ramsay, the youngest daughter of Gordon Ramsay, whose passion for cooking rivals her father's. The series follows Matilda and the rest of her family -- parents Gordon and Tana, and siblings Megan, Jack, and Holly -- at home and during their travels. In each episode, Matilda prepares a meal inspired by the family's agenda for the day, creating new recipes and adding her own flair to traditional ones, all of which she shares on her food blog.
Is it any good?
Tilly's bubbly personality rivals her enthusiasm for sharing her cooking prowess with others as this show's most memorable trait. Her recipes are simple enough for tweens and teens to tackle alone -- or younger kids to replicate with some parental oversight -- and she encourages viewers to think creatively about ingredients and presentation as well. When she's not in the kitchen, The Ramsay Bunch shows Tilly engaged with her family members who share an obviously strong bond.
What's pleasantly surprising about this show is the notable absence of Tilly's uber-famous dad while she's doing her thing in the kitchen. Gordon pops in now and then to stir up trouble by teasing her or playfully critiquing her work, but he's more a spectator than a participant in his daughter's endeavors and always applauds the end result. In other words, he plays the role of a proud (and sometimes irksome) dad rather than the food critic fans are used to from him, and it's a refreshingly "normal" glimpse into the life of an international celebrity and his family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what drives Matilda's passion for cooking. How does she get to express herself through her recipes and food presentation? What individual flair do your kids add to what they create and do?
Do you think her father's celebrity status influenced Matilda's interest in food? What role, if any, does Gordon's fame play in Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch's appeal? Does the show's focus away from him and toward his daughter surprise you?
Families can use this show to discuss food, nutrition, and meal preparation. What are your family's favorite meals? How can you include your kids in the cooking process? What unique twists would they put on old favorites if given the chance?
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