A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The most prevalent positive message is that anyone can learn to cook, especially grilled cheese sandwiches.
Positive Role Models
The hosts and guests are all successful people in their fields, but The Chef Show doesn't really get into their stories. Roy Choi's story in particular would be an interesting addition.
The Chef Show uses profanity judiciously, but since filming takes place in casual settings among friends, it does come out here and there. Curses include "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hosts and guests frequently drink alcohol with meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Chef Show is a cooking show featuring director/actor Jon Favreau and his mentor, Chef Roy Choi, inspired by Favreau's 2014 comedy film Chef. The hosts travel around the world, cooking regional rustic meals (Cuban sandwiches, grilled cheese, etc.) and hanging out with actors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., directors, and other celebrity chefs. The show tries to split the difference between cooking instruction and entertainment, but it doesn't really nail either.
Is It Any Good?
At one point, Favreau explains that he and Choi started filming themselves cooking in their free time, presumably when Favreau wasn't directing features and Choi wasn't running his food truck empire in Los Angeles. That's exactly what The Chef Show feels like: something that was done in the producers' spare time. Neither of the hosts are particularly charismatic, the celebrity guests are mostly an afterthought, and the show doesn't feature enough detailed instruction to really teach anyone how to make the food. It feels more like a DVD extra than a series.
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