Parents' Guide to

Top Chef Duels

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Family-friendly cooking competition with some trash talking.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2014
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These are good chefs making delicious-looking food, which is fun to watch if you're hungry or want to be inspired to cook or eat. But even some of the people on-screen are aware of how low the stakes are. These are people who are already famous and successful; will $10,000 or even $100,000 really do anything major for their lives? It adds a certain flatness to the proceedings and makes you not want to root for anyone.

Still, if your family tends to like cooking competitions, this one is entertaining, as cooking competitions go. The judges give the competitors interesting challenges, such as making food so aromatic the judges can eat and enjoy it blindfolded or creating dishes that look like one thing but taste like another. Perhaps your family will be inspired to challenge each other to weird cooking contests. Eating the results would be interesting, anyway.

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