Selena and Chef

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Famous chefs teach Selena Gomez how to cook.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about culinary techniques and foods from different cultures as Selena learns too.

Positive Messages

Emphasizes that it's OK to make mistakes as you're learning something, and it's OK to ask questions if you're not sure how to do something.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Host Selena is Latinx, and the celebrity chefs featured are diverse across race, gender, and culture (counter to a lot of culinary media, which features White male chefs). Selena has a positive attitude toward learning something new and making mistakes.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some clingy clothing, some jokes with innuendo that will likely go over kids' heads, some brief mentions of dating.

Language

Very occasional mild language.

Consumerism

Many visible logos throughout (on food packaging, appliances, kitchen tools), but no brand names are mentioned out loud or lingered on. Selena cooks in her home kitchen, which is a very fancy-looking kitchen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Selena and Chef is a fun cooking show where culinary enthusiasts can learn how to cook alongside actress Selena Gomez. There's a bunch of product placement, with many visible logos throughout (on food packaging, appliances, and kitchen tools). Brand names are not mentioned out loud or lingered on. There's also some mild sexy stuff -- like some clingy clothing, some jokes with innuendo that will likely go over kids' heads, and brief mentions of dating. Otherwise, the show has a great message about being OK with making mistakes as you're learning something new.

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What's the story?

Singer/actor Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place, Love You Like a Love Song) is quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, so she's learning how to cook via video calls from celebrity chefs. In each episode of SELENA AND CHEF, a different expert chef coaches Gomez step-by-step through cooking two dishes. The chef cooks along in his or her own home, and the two talk to each other over a video call. Some dishes turn out great, and others ... not so much. At the end of the episode, Gomez shares her culinary creations with her in-person family and her virtual chef coach.

Is it any good?

Kids who are into food (or who like Selena Gomez) will enjoy this lighthearted cooking show. Selena and Chef is especially great for kids who really want to learn tips about how to cook. While Gomez is a multitalented singer and actress, she's a pretty inexperienced cook. So, the chefs have to coach her through basic cooking techniques like how to use a knife, and have to explain cooking terms like "mise en place." While other reality cooking shows popular with kids gloss over how to actually cook the meal, viewers can learn vicariously through Selena.

Selena has a growth-mindset attitude toward cooking: She has no idea what she's doing but believes she can learn. She's a great example for not feeling embarrassed that she's pretty bad at something that's new for her. She laughs at herself when she makes mistakes, and celebrates when she does something right. Selena and Chef is a fun show that cooking enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk to your kids about how Selena is learning something new even though she's a grown-up. Do you think people ever stop learning new things?

  • Do you want to make any of the foods Selena is learning to cook in Selena and Chef? Do you know how to cook the foods you like? 

  • In this show, you can see the logos on a lot of the products in the kitchen. Why do you think the TV producers wanted to include the logos in the show?

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