A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this restaurant competition featuring local British restaurants competing for the chance to be recognized by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s is less fiery than Ramsay's previous reality shows. In Ramsay's Best Restaurant, the chef serves up some respectful complements to chefs as well his usual strong criticism (including salty language like “s- -t” and stronger bleeped curses).
What's the story?
RAMSAY’S BEST RESTAURANT features celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay as he challenges restaurants to compete for his ultimate seal of approval. The chef pits two exceptional British restaurants serving up similar types of foods against each other in three separate challenges, which includes serving a full meal to a large group of diners within a two-hour time frame, being secretly filmed while unknowingly serving food critics, and having the chefs face-off in Ramsey’s own kitchen. Throughout each test Ramsey offers his traditional strong criticism and advice. At the end of the three challenges, one restaurant is chosen to continue the nation-wide competition in hopes of ultimately being crowned the celebrity chef’s favorite eatery.
Is it any good?
The reality series features the celebrity chef offering his traditional fiery-mouthed commentary about the events that go on in each restaurant as each establishment scrambles to prove why they are the best at what they do. But unlike most of his other shows, Ramsay serves up equal portions of constructive criticism and respectful complements thanks to the high caliber of chefs and eating establishments he is working with.
The show offers some interesting insight on how both food and service must complement each other to create an outstanding dining experience for both the restaurateur and the customer. It probably won’t appeal to kids, but older foodies will find the show both interesting and entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what goes into building a good restaurant. Is it enough just to be a good cook? What other things do you need to think about?
Do you think Ramsay’s over-the-top personality is intended to create more drama in his reality shows? Why or why not? Why do you think restaurants are driven to become Ramsay’s favorite pick, even if the title does not come with any additional prizes?
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