Parents' Guide to

The Next Thing You Eat

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Celebrity chef ponders future of food, uses coarse language.

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age 13+

Gratuitious language, plus opinion with few facts

The swearing in the intro turned me off immediately. There's really no reason for it, it continues throughout the show, and it makes it unsuitable for kids of any age. The show continued to turn me off with its negative, unsupported perspective on the subject. It's ostensibly a documentary exploring the intersection of food production and technology, but there are very few scientific facts or experts involved. Instead, it's mostly the host chef emoting about how he feels tech endangers both the artistry of cooking and entry-level restaurant jobs like dishwasher. I'm very sure that actual economic data wouldn't support his stance ... where menial jobs are replaced by tech, other positions that require humans are generally created. But that should be the job of the documentary to explore.

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Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Chef David Chang takes on the future, for better or worse, in The Next Thing You Eat, a speculative documentary series about the future of the food industry. The series can be a little dry despite Chang's rock-star chef attitude. Perhaps some of the disconnect comes from the fact that we've seen this personality type before, made famous by Anthony Bourdain. Both chefs show empathy for others and curiosity about the world. But whereas Bourdain still engaged the camera, taking the audience along with him without preconceived notions of what he would find, Chang doesn't approach his topic with as much excitement. In fact, he seems to show more dread in what is being billed as a provocative, insightful, and even tantalizing look at the future of food.

Chang does have a reason to feel apprehensive -- for instance, the rise of machines in the restaurant industry could replace humans, meaning immigrants like his father could lose out on achieving the American dream. His apprehensiveness never fully gives way to focusing on positive possibilities, making the show less than a fun watch. With that said, amateur futurists will like learning about alternatives, new inventions, and old-school ways of food delivery and maintenance that are likely to influence the food world of tomorrow.

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