Parents' Guide to

Top Chef

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Too saucy for a kid's palate.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2006
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+


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age 10+

Good for any kid old enough to be interested by it.

I believe this show to be fantastic. I also think any problems with behavior are mild. Any serious swearing is bleeped and it lets kids see a different level of social interaction. You do learn about cooking, not step by step but you do learn a lot from watching the show.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (2):

Kids like to cook, but this show skimps on the process, focusing on personalities instead. The whiny, confrontational, self-absorbed contestants' language and behavior aren't age-appropriate for younger viewers, and they never show what it takes to work cooperatively as a team.

Also, some challenges aren't for young eyes. For example, one season had an episode that was all about preparing sexy, erotic food for a fetish ball. And another challenge revolved around cooking monkfish for a group of 10-year-olds; many of the competing chefs threw up their noses at the idea of preparing food for kids. Whose team won? The mom of three.

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