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Parents' Guide to

Top Chef Family Style

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Family Top Chef spin-off highlights teamwork, skills.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Team challenge

Best slap down ever from a shy girl of 13 to 2 bullies... Bullies"this is a team challenge" (hoping to bully her into a dish shy girl didn't want to do...shy girl " can you do that?" (Referring to being a team".... quiet but strong girl against 2 loudmouth bullies..the bullies do cook very well but have bad attitude s
age 10+

Top chef does it again

I’m a Top Chef super fan and if you love that series you’ll love this. The formula works, and the family stories and dynamic is quite interesting and heat warming. One thing I love as a Top Chef super fan is that on Top Chef you often see the chefs trying to recreate some kind of treasured family food memory and here you actually see the kids living in those moments now, and cooking these amazing dishes which will become treasured family food memories with their family members on the show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

The choice to pair young contestants with a family member proves to be more compelling and dynamic than a show just featuring young chefs would have been. Top Chef Family Style of course features the battle-tested Top Chef structure, which is still the gold standard for reality cooking competition shows. (And yet still something that Top Chef Masters missed.) But this spin-off succeeds largely on the basis of its casting. The younger half of the teams show not only a wealth of culinary knowledge, but also the patience and adaptability to roll with the unforeseen challenges and catastrophes that competition brings. Meanwhile, the older halves are so genuinely supportive, and often awed by their partners' skill levels, that the teams are easy to root for. Professional cooking is often known for its meticulousness and technical precision, and professional kitchens are often extremely hierarchical. So it's impressive to see the up-and-comers take the lead, pull off dishes that require immense technical skill, and do it all with boundless enthusiasm, curiosity, and support for one another.

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