A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contestants are often critical of their own skills at first but are willing to work hard and gain competence.
Positive Role Models
The non-professionals who compete on the show are committed to improvement and doing their best. The contestants are a diverse group of different races, sizes, etc. Some have personal stories that involve eating disorders or major weight loss that is mentioned briefly. The pros can be harsh at times and teasingly competitive, but seem overall committed to helping folks become better cooks. Anne Burrell is also a great role model for girls since she's accomplished and provides a less stereotypical representation of women on TV.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional kitchen fires, knife cuts, but nothing major.
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Rarely, the supervising chefs may use curses when working with contestants, i.e. "What the hell is this?" Occasional bleeped language includes "ass." And rarely contestants seem about to say "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Restaurateurs, authors, and chefs appear as judges on the show, but all ingredients used in cooking are generic.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is sometimes an ingredient in dishes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a relatively gentle outing in the reality competition category that skips most of the trash talking and interpersonal drama of typical fare. Contenders are humble and try hard to learn the lessons imparted by supervising chefs. The chefs themselves are sometimes a bit critical ("This is awful," "You're disappointing me,") and occasionally use mild language ("hell"), but never overly harsh as on other cooking shows. This is a nice glimpse of regular people learning to cook that may inspire kids who hope to create good food for themselves, if not for professional judges.
Is It Any Good?
Watching nonprofessionals get better at something difficult is both inspirational and interesting, and makes up for the distress of hearing the contenders run themselves down when they start the competition. The supervising chefs can get a little bit cranky with contestants, rushing them in the kitchen, or condemning the dishes they have made. Still, this may prove fun for parents who like to cook to watch with kids who need a little coaxing to try their hand in the kitchen.
Overall, the excitement delivered by both the mishaps (lots of kitchen fires and spills!) and the victories make this fun family fare. Kids will root for their favorite personalities and might even learn something in the process.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.