Parents' Guide to

Top Chef Masters

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Famous chefs compete for charity in milder spin-off.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2009
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The show's overall tone is different from that of its parent series because the chefs' primary motivation is their desire to help their favorite charity -- rather winning money for themselves. The fact that they're already famous in the culinary community also means that they don't have to be obnoxious or show off to convince anyone of their talents. And the judges are a little bit nicer, too.

It's definitely a milder approach, and it allows viewers to watch how these talented chefs can turn cooking even the simplest dish into an art form. Some viewers may miss the dramatic tension of contestants bickering with one another or arguing over ingredients. But those who enjoy cooking -- or who can appreciate what really puts a chef on top -- will definitely find something here.

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