Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Gordon Ramsay's daughter cooks up success in reality show.

Parents say

age 16+
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Kids say

age 16+
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Educational Value

Not only does each episode show Matilda planning and making meals, but she also shares some helpful tips about basic kitchen skills and food presentation that are age-appropriate for kid/tween viewers.

 

Positive Messages

Matilda is inspired by her passion for food and cooking, and she loves to share the spoils of her talent with her family. Her creativity and enthusiasm about thinking outside the box in the kitchen yields recipes that sometimes surprise but always satisfy. The Ramsay family members enjoy spending time together and value family time, and they support each other's respective passions.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Matilda is an excellent role model for kids and tweens because of her desire to be great at what she loves and her willingness to roll with imperfections when they happen. She's never bothered by mistakes or messes she makes, and her family's craziness just makes the Ramsay home life more fun. Also notable is that her famous foodie dad is mostly absent from the kitchen (and often the show), so Matilda can spread her own wings and chart her own path in that hobby/career.

 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Matilda often promotes her food blog in the show and has a cookbook of the same name as the series.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

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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?

  • How does honing a craft challenge your perseverance? What other character strengths are required? What is the positive result of pushing through a big challenge and achieving a goal?

  • 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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