Parents' Guide to

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

British food contest celebrates families cooking together.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Family friendly cooking show

Pretty decent. Our 5 year old is bored almost instantly but our 11 y/o enjoys it. Cleaner than several other cooking shows in terms of language and bad attitudes. Sets a good example of families working together and it's not overly competitive.
age 8+

Fun and inspiring series to watch as a family

My 10 year old son and I are having a blast watching this series! In particular, the tension of each round of cooking within each episode, noting the family dynamics as each team of three works together, the celebration of diverse families and food and homes we see, and talking about the gorgeous dishes they are preparing. We're already talking about spending more time in the kitchen ourselves!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Foodies will enjoy this kitchen show and its heartwarming emphasis on family togetherness. Contestants are encouraged to put personal touches on simple dishes in three challenges: a lunch for four on a modest budget, a cozy dinner for the judges in the cooks' own home, and two meals that will impress the neighbors. The hostesses are there for encouragement, chatter, and gentle reminders of elapsed time as the cooks race the clock to present their masterpieces to the judges, who offer positive reviews and honest criticism on their work.

With cooking and baking competitions rampant on TV today, it's difficult for one to distinguish itself in what becomes a formulaic format. Happily, The Big Family Cooking Showdown's focus on family and the joys of cooking together, honoring family heritage, and sitting down to a shared meal at home does create a special and heartwarming niche within this genre.

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