Parents' Guide to

The Final Table

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Global cooking competition fun for foodies of all ages.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Americans want to star their own show!

I like Timothy (American), he is a great chef with both knowledge and skills and I'm really glad he won the finale. However, I felt like Chef Grant Achatz (American ) was so concerned about Timothy’s dish decision, it almost seemed like he was trying to make the other chefs agree with him.
age 10+

Realistic Glimpse into Professional Cooking

Seems to reflect reality rather than introducing drama for the sake of views. Shows how different people handle disappointment and success (some handle it better than others), as well as introducing different food cultures and challenges. I would say not for young children because some of the chefs aren't the best role models and occasional adult jokes (though mostly ones that would pass right over young kids' heads). For a more "wholesome" version of a cooking contest, possibly consider "Great British Bake Off." That said, for even slightly older kids this can provide a great starting point for discussions on challenging oneself, working with others, handling disappointment, and planning towards a goal.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This interesting series offers viewers a chance to watch extremely talented chefs from around the world reinterpreting local dishes from different countries. While each chef attempts to honor and maintain the integrity of the tradition each national dish represents, they bring to it their own brand of creativity and flavor profile to produce unique and tasty plates. Meanwhile, the master chefs from the "final table" also share the philosophy and craft that defines their work.

There's a lot for foodies of all ages to enjoy, but the show's formula can be a little uneven. While the cooking, tasting, and judging of dishes by chefs, critics, and celebrities feels both familiar and (at times) unoriginal, the overall process behind the pairing of contestants, which takes place before the competition begins, isn't always clear. As a result, some of the team dynamics are hard to interpret. Nonetheless, The Final Table serves up enough mouthwatering fare to make it worth the watch.

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