My World Kitchen

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun children's food prep show teaches cooking and culture.

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Educational Value

The series demonstrates how food is part of someone’s cultural experience. It also teaches basic food preparation skills, offers information about ingredients, and offers limited guidance about healthy choices. 

Positive Messages

Food is part of everyone’s culture. Preparing it can be fun, and can teach us something about our own culture and community, as well as other people and their heritage. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The children come from diverse backgrounds, and are able to share details about their culture, and about their favorite recipes. They can also prepare them. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My World Kitchen is a British series that teaches about the place food has in people’s cultural heritage. There are lots of fun, kid-friendly recipes from all over the world, and simple instructions that young viewers can follow. Some do require adult supervision thanks to the use of electric appliances, stoves, and ovens, but parents might enjoy preparing these dishes with their kids. 

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What's the story?

MY WORLD KITCHEN is a series featuring young kids showing audiences how to prepare dishes that celebrate their cultural heritage. English chef Ainsley Harriott narrates each live-action episode, which features kids talking a bit about about their racial and ethnic backgrounds, including customs and traditions that they follow. During these conversations they're sometimes accompanied by friends and family members. Then each kid introduces a favorite recipe that represents their culture, and shows viewing audiences how it's made. They enjoy eating the dish with others once it’s done. 

Is it any good?

This series celebrates diversity and food by offering a fun and educational way to underscore the between the two. The young cooks offer some simple breakdowns of a few of their family’s traditions that are easy for other children to understand. The step-by-step demonstration of how they prepare each dish, which ranges from Italian olive pizza to Jamaican saltfish and cabbage, offers an opportunity for children to replicate the recipes on their own, or with the help of an adult. It also includes important reminders about food allergies, when to ask a parent to help, and, for nutritional purposes, how often a dish should be consumed. Overall, My World Kitchen is a yummy way for kids to learn about different cultures, food, and cooking, and there’s no doubt that it will inspire some up-and-coming chefs and foodies along the way.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about specific family dishes that are commonly prepared in their culture. How were these recipes passed down to your family? What ingredients or preparation processes makes them special or unique? Do you know how to make them?

  • What does My World Kitchen teach us about food preparation? Why is washing your hands the first step in all the instructions? 

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