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Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Young chefs match wits in family-friendly cooking contest.

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Young foodies and culinary novices alike will like watching these pint-size kitchen masters at work, and the fact that they're so young really inspires a can-do attitude about cooking at any age. Even if your kids don't know their bruschetta from their brie, there are plenty of beginner skills and knowledge they can pick up from watching. Of course, the show's value isn't limited to a young audience, either. Unless you're an accomplished chef yourself, you'll no doubt pick up a thing or two from these impressive kids.

Although Ray and her guests play down the competitive side of the show, it is by nature a contest that only one person will win. It's tough to watch the kids fret over mistakes they make that might cost them a chance at their dream, and you really feel for them while they await the judges' reactions. But Ray and her guests always balance their criticism with encouraging feedback and make sure the kids stay focused on what they've done well, so the overall mood is positive and celebratory.

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